Welcome to Caleb's Personal Page
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Eight years ago, in January of 2012, he was diagnosed with an ana plastic oligodendro glioma tumor in his right occipital lobe – about the size of a racquetball. Erin was 8 months pregnant with their second daughter, so life was turned upside down. After traveling to MD Anderson in Houston, TX, it was decided the best course of action was for it to be removed.
On February 23, 2012, Caleb had an 8 hour surgery in a surgical suite at the hospital that had an MRI machine in the room, so the surgeon could have an MRI completed after removing the tumor to make sure he got as much as possible.
Surgery went just as planned, and Caleb was back home in Wichita on Sunday night. A week and a half later he got all 47 staples removed! Within 2 weeks he was back at the shop writing quotes and trying to get some semblance of normalcy back.
A few weeks later, Erin had their baby, and Caleb started a year of chemotherapy. From the pathology done post surgery, it was found that the tumor was a level 3, malignant tumor that had 1p19q deletion, which meant it was more susceptible to treatment! This was awesome news!
Caleb completed the year of treatment and at his follow up visit to MD Anderson, was given great results and a clean bill of health. He has permanent visual deficits from the surgery, but is extremely thankful to still have some vision and has adapted very well.
After 6 years of being in remission, unfortunately in July of 2018, it had come back. Same type of tumor, in the same area. On August 7th, 2018, he had his second brain surgery back at MD Anderson. They successfully removed the tumor. Then for the next year, he underwent 6 weeks of intense radiation in Houston, and 8 months of chemotherapy in Wichita.
We just celebrated 8 years since the original diagnosis. Caleb lives every day to its fullest really understanding that there are no guarantees and believes each day is a gift.
Brain cancer is a crazy thing, and we are going to use all the time we have together to bring awareness and raise support to help those currently going through it. Join us in that support!
I am joining the fight against brain cancer by participating in Head for the Cure Wichita on June 13, 2020. Head for the Cure is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for brain cancer research.
Each year, over 79,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor. More than 120 types of brain tumors exist, making effective treatment complicated. Cutting edge research is needed as we continue to make strides in this fight.
Head for the Cure works to inspire hope for the community of brain cancer patients, their families, friends, caregivers and other supporters, while celebrating their courage, spirit and energy. Every Head for the Cure event marks a day of celebration where those diagnosed with brain cancer are honored and celebrated by their friends and families, those who have lost their battles are remembered, and we are all inspired to carry on the fight.
Funds raised by Head for the Cure support the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative, a network of medical centers with the expertise and the desire to participate in state-of-the-art clinical trials investigating new treatments for malignant brain tumors.
Please consider making a donation today to help me reach my goal and to help Head for the Cure defeat brain cancer, step by step!
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