2016 RECIPIENT: In the summer of 2013, at the age of 15, Caleb began to complain of pain in his right hip. By February 2014, the pain intensified, and after enduring multiple tests he was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a very rare form of bone cancer. Caleb began chemotherapy immediately, along with hip replacement surgery in June, followed by 6 weeks of radiation therapy. During his first go-around, he spent a total of 168 days of his adolescence in the hospital. Caleb finished his final round of chemotherapy and radiation in December 2014.
In early 2016, additional testing showed that the cancer had resurfaced and spread to Caleb's skull and pelvis. Surgery was immediately performed to remove tumors pressing on his brain, and he began a new regimen of chemotherapy. In August, Caleb received radiation treatments again. He is currently restricted to bearing only 50% of his weight on his left leg, and is required to use a cane. Hopefully, Caleb will not need a hip replacement on the left side once treatment is completed.
Caleb continues with his routine followups, as of April 2017 his last bone marrow aspirations and biopsies came back clear and free of any cancer cells. Caleb graduated from Northwest High School in 2016 and will be attending Wichita State University in the fall of 2017.