This 15-year-old, over six-foot-tall, cheeseburger-loving sports fan has a shoe size of 14 and an abundance of energy. He also has a congenital heart and airway defect and consequently a very long and difficult medical history.
Caleb had undergone four surgeries by the time he was 11, and his health began to decline again at age 13. He spent months visiting different hospitals before a team of surgeons came up with a surgery that was risky and uncertain, but also Caleb’s best hope.
Caleb hasn’t allowed his medical condition to slow him down. He loves lacrosse, football, rugby, and basketball and is always up fora four-wheeler ride with his cousins. He is an excellent student with a love for science.
But more than anything, Caleb has developed a love for all things mechanical. Fixing a broken vacuum at age seven led to many D.I. trips for electronics that could be taken apart and reconfigured. Caleb made his mom an automatic bread box that dispensed sliced bread for mother’s day—in other words, you may be looking at the world’s next Edison.
So when he visited A Wishing Place, Caleb was prepared with a most fitting wish. He wanted a workshop room where he could invent to his heart’s desire. Ever the practical guy, he determined he could work in this room regardless of the outcome of his surgery. Since he couldn’t go up and down stairs, Caleb’s brother gave up his bedroom on the main floor for the workshop. The look on Caleb’s face when he opened the door to his new room was one of unbelief, gratitude, and hope for the future.
Caleb is proud to report that his most recent heart surgery was a success. Today, you’re most likely to find him rebuilding four-wheelers, repairing lawn mowers and cars, or learning about cars, airplanes, and engine technology. Some day he hopes to rebuild a Mustang or old Ford truck — although we’re not quite sure either of those will fit in his room …