Honored Kid

Caleb Tyre

Age 19
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Location

Richland, MO, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

January 2016

Status

In treatment

Treated At

MU Women's and Children's Hospital

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My Story

On January 6, 2016, our lives were thrown into a tailspin when our 14-year-old son, Caleb, was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Initially, we were told that he had about an 85% chance of survival with the treatment plan that the specialists had laid out for him. Unfortunately, the best laid plans of of mice and doctors sometimes go awry. Caleb’s initial treatment protocols were unsuccessful at bringing his cancer into remission, so the doctor’s moved his diagnosis up (to the highest risk category) and his chances of survival down (to about 50%). With the upgrade in his risk category, came a complete change to his treatment. Caleb has undergone well over 20 rounds of high-dose, intense, inpatient chemotherapy over the last 15 months. In addition to the cancer, he has been hospitalized for steroid induced diabetes, staph infection in his blood stream, c-diff, and deep vein thrombosis blood clots in both legs from his ankles all the way to his bottom. Through all of this, Caleb has shown unbelievable strength, courage, and perseverance. His positive attitude and charm are impossible for the nurses and doctors to resist. Everyone that meets this kid loves him. He doesn’t deserve to be going through all of this, but he is handling it like a champ! He has been in remission for a year now, but the treatment for Leukemia is a 3-year process. Our hope is that, eventually, no child will have to go through all that Caleb has. Our prayer is that, through research, childhood cancer can become a thing of the past. Thank you, St. Baldrick's and all of your volunteers for helping to make sure that happens.

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