In September 2018, tests revealed Caleb had a rare, cancerous brain tumor called an ATRT. His family was devastated, but soon found hope at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.
Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago.
At St. Jude, Caleb’s treatment includes proton therapy and chemotherapy. “He’s full of energy and has absolutely blown the doctors away,” said his dad. “If he wasn’t bald, you wouldn’t even know he was sick. He’s a little ham and makes friends with everybody.” Caleb loves music and has a blast whenever the music therapist at St. Jude stops by to see him.
“It’s amazing that there aren’t just wonderful doctors and nurses here,” said Caleb’s mom. “There are staff members who share their time and talent and help in other ways, too.” Caleb is a huge fan of superheroes, especially Batman, and his brother, Tyler.
Runners who fundraise for St. Jude while training for their race are called St. Jude Heroes, and they’re helping kids, like Caleb. The funds raised by Heroes help ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.