Team Caleb 2021's Fundraising Page

Conquer Cancer with Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund!
Conquer Cancer with Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund!

WHY WE'RE FUNDRAISING WITH THE JIMMY FUND WALK TO FIGHT CANCER

 

Most of you may know the story that changed my family's lives forever. In 2017, Caleb was placed into a medically-induced coma due to complications from severe septic shock and cardiogenic shock secondary to Acute Myeloid Leukemia. I stayed by his side for 5 months while he fought countless infections and hardships. During these months, I was let go from my teaching job, which led our family into financial crisis. 

Later that same year, Caleb returned to college, hoping to return to a normal life; however, his AML relapsed. After another 3 month hospitalization, Caleb was transferred to Boston Children's for a bone marrow transplant. During these 2 months, Caleb's older brother was also undergoing bmt--that is, basic military training for the United States Air Force. For these two months, I stayed by Caleb's side again and for the first time unable to be there for my oldest son. Both completed their own bmt's, and we were given yet another chance for normalcy.

Cancer treatments save lives, but the risk involved is what comes in the years that follow. Caleb has chronic graft-vs-host disease of the eyes, mouth, and skin due to unmatched, unrelated donor cells. He is managing these complications with oral and IV immunosuppressants, which makes the current COVID-19 situation all the more serious. Caleb has undergone total hip replacements bilaterally, is scheduled for partial shoulder replacement in April 2021, and will need total knee replacements bilaterally after he recovers. The chemo treatments also caused partial deafness of the left ear and tinnitus, which makes it difficult for him to continue his avid drumming. Because of all the physical and mental trauma endured, Caleb is working hard to improve his mental health. 

If you know Caleb, you probably imagine him with either a book or two in his hands or, if his hands are empty, he is drumming on anything and everything. He hopes to make a difference one day in politics, and is grateful for his education through Clark University. I walk for TEAM CALEB so that he is reminded that he is not alone in this. 

 

PROGRESS TO GOAL

Raised:$3,515
Goal:$5,000
5team members

THANK YOU TO OUR TEAM MEMBERS

C = Team Captain
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THANK YOU TO OUR TEAM DONORS

NAME
AMOUNT
Team Honor Roll
Anonymous
$25
Anonymous
$15
Aunt Sharon
Brian H
Carol Aguiar
$100
Daniel Giard II
$145
Facebook Fundraiser
$250
Facebook Fundraiser
$100
Facebook Fundraiser
$100
Facebook Fundraiser
$100
Facebook Fundraiser
$100
Facebook Fundraiser
$90
Facebook Fundraiser
$75
Facebook Fundraiser
$70
Facebook Fundraiser
$65
Facebook Fundraiser
$50
Facebook Fundraiser
$50
Facebook Fundraiser
$50
Facebook Fundraiser
$50
Facebook Fundraiser
$50
Facebook Fundraiser
$50
Facebook Fundraiser
$50
Facebook Fundraiser
$45
Facebook Fundraiser
$25
Grace Jurgiel
$25
Groccia Fam from CO & MN
Izzy Cormier
$30
J & M
$100
Jim & Martha Ford
$50
John Brzezenski
$100
Josh Ammerman
$25
Kassidy Murphy
$30
Kathryn Hanly
$30
Kyle J Giard
$55
Lisa Direnzo
$25
Margaret Hart
$50
Michael Lee
$20
Mr. Bob Whipple
$100
Mr. Jeffrey Leas
$30
Mr. michael lee
$20
Mrs. Jill Robin Anderson
$100
Mrs. Robin Dumont
$5
Ms. Carol Anderson
$55
Nicole Giard
$50
Pat Giard
$50
Paul D Brzezenski
$100
Paul D Brzezenski
$75
Paula and Fred Hamwey
$100
Pfizer for John Hanly
Rebecca Giard
$50
Ronald Giard
$75
Ronald Hamwey
$20
Ryan and Emily
$50
Sharon Hutchins
$200
Team Caleb
$50
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Every dollar raised helps fuel Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's 50-50 balance between lifesaving research and total patient care.
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2021 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk

Conquer Cancer with Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund!
Conquer Cancer with Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund!

Team Caleb 2021

 

Most of you may know the story that changed my family's lives forever. In 2017, Caleb was placed into a medically-induced coma due to complications from severe septic shock and cardiogenic shock secondary to Acute Myeloid Leukemia. I stayed by his side for 5 months while he fought countless infections and hardships. During these months, I was let go from my teaching job, which led our family into financial crisis. 

Later that same year, Caleb returned to college, hoping to return to a normal life; however, his AML relapsed. After another 3 month hospitalization, Caleb was transferred to Boston Children's for a bone marrow transplant. During these 2 months, Caleb's older brother was also undergoing bmt--that is, basic military training for the United States Air Force. For these two months, I stayed by Caleb's side again and for the first time unable to be there for my oldest son. Both completed their own bmt's, and we were given yet another chance for normalcy.

Cancer treatments save lives, but the risk involved is what comes in the years that follow. Caleb has chronic graft-vs-host disease of the eyes, mouth, and skin due to unmatched, unrelated donor cells. He is managing these complications with oral and IV immunosuppressants, which makes the current COVID-19 situation all the more serious. Caleb has undergone total hip replacements bilaterally, is scheduled for partial shoulder replacement in April 2021, and will need total knee replacements bilaterally after he recovers. The chemo treatments also caused partial deafness of the left ear and tinnitus, which makes it difficult for him to continue his avid drumming. Because of all the physical and mental trauma endured, Caleb is working hard to improve his mental health. 

If you know Caleb, you probably imagine him with either a book or two in his hands or, if his hands are empty, he is drumming on anything and everything. He hopes to make a difference one day in politics, and is grateful for his education through Clark University. I walk for TEAM CALEB so that he is reminded that he is not alone in this. 

 

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