Caleb’s Crusade continues to grow and prosper since starting in 2009 helping serve children and their families with childhood cancer. We have helped many families primarily in Southwest Florida with the financial challenges that come with their child being diagnosed with cancer. We also aim to raise awareness for childhood cancer which includes advocating for children with cancer both locally and in our nations Capitol. We are particularly tenacious in making sure children have a voice in the competition for research dollars, and we won’t give up until a cure is found.
As leaders of the foundation, Rob and Monique make themselves available to help navigate the challenges with the experience and the resources that they have. They also have connected many families with other organizations and resources throughout the country in hopes to fill all the voids that our families face. We like to say if we cannot fill a need ourselves we will do everything we can to connect the families we support with the resources that are out there. Being this active allows Rob and Monique to offer their emotional support as well. We are available around the clock to our families for just about any need or support that they may need.
Aside from grants, we offer direct bill pay for utilities, phone, car payments, car repairs/maintenance, mortgage/rent payments, groceries, gas, minor medical equipment needs, necessary furniture, spending money for trips (which allows families to make irreplaceable memories) travel for treatment and an occasional gift to cheer up our kiddos or their siblings. We have also gifted some electronics based on unique situations. We do not pay medical bills.
Caleb’s Crusade is dedicated to informing people about childhood cancer and advocating for impactful change to benefit childhood cancer. What you need to know; Cancer kills more than 2,000 children in our country every year. Over 15,700 kids will be diagnosed with cancer in the next 365 days. Though these numbers are significant, the potential market is too small to attract the attention of private industry. This makes the role of the federally funded National Cancer Institute (NCI) especially critical yet less than 4% of its annual budget is dedicated to Childhood Cancer. These are the challenges at hand for childhood cancer and Caleb’s Crusade is in the forefront to make this change.
Since 2010, Caleb’s Crusade has awarded 500 grants to over 100 local families. Come join us in the Crusade.
Caleb Robert Whan
March 17, 2004-March 28, 2008
"With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility"
On August 10, 2007, is when Caleb’s Crusade began. This was the day that the Whan family received the news many nightmares are made of. At just 3 years old Caleb was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Caleb complained of arm and leg pain, which led to 2 casts prior to his leukemia diagnosis. At the point of diagnosis Caleb was classified as standard-risk but the family learned later on that his disease was Hypodiploid ALL, which elevated the risk to high-risk with only about a 15% chance of making it through.
Shortly after digesting this information the Whan family pursued the best treatment available, which led them to Duke University for a Stem-Cell Transplant. Caleb’s treatment was best defined as textbook. He engrafted in near record time and was out of the hospital in a matter of weeks rather than months.
The family was very fortunate from the support and generosity of there colleagues, friends, and family who helped raised funds to help support the Whan’s while Caleb was in treatment. They were able to all travel together and spend time with Caleb and his new baby sister while he was undergoing his transplant. Family is the most important factor when a child is diagnosed with cancer, you never know what tomorrow can bring.