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Caleb's Wish

Caleb's Wish

“ With everything Caleb has gone through, this was the first time we forgot about the doctors and hospital stays. ”


- Caleb's Mom

After his transplant, Caleb made his heartfelt wish. More than anything, he wanted to spend time with his family, looking for seashells at a beach in Hawaii. Caleb’s parents were overwhelmed with emotion as they watched their sons walking along the sandy shores.

When wish kid Caleb was in need of a bone marrow transplant, his younger brother Isaac gave him a profound gift. By donating to Caleb, Isaac changed the life of both boys forever.

Caleb was just 12 months old when he was diagnosed with chronic granulomatous disease, a rare disorder that compromised his immune system and kept him from enjoying a regular childhood. He had to be extra-careful at all times. Even simple joys like playing in autumn leaves or going to the park were too dangerous. Isaac changed all that by choosing to give.

For children like Caleb who have endured so much, a wish provides a new outlook on life’s possibilities. It gives them another chance to experience the magic of childhood. It empowers them to fight against their illness and become an active partner in their treatment. It can often be a turning point in their medical battles.

After his transplant, Caleb made his heartfelt wish. More than anything, he wanted to spend time with his family, looking for seashells at a beach in Hawaii. Caleb’s parents were overwhelmed with emotion as they watched their sons walking along the sandy shores. In that moment, they didn’t see the many years of doctor’s visits, medications and check-ups; they just saw two little boys, happy to be together.

"Caleb was finally able to be a ‘normal’ little boy, doing ‘normal’ little boy things," said his mother. "For one week, he could forget all about doctor appointments — it was a much-needed break!"

I wish to look for seashells on the beach in Hawaii. ”

— Caleb

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