This Week’s Featured Charity: Collections for Caleb

Caleb Goodman is a 15-year-old boy from Jacksonville, Florida who has been suffering from a debilitating digestive disease for nearly 5 years.  He has been in and out of the hospital numerous times battling with his symptoms.  Throughout his struggles, he has remained dedicated to raising money to help others like him who are suffering from Crohn’s Disease, ulcerative colitis, or other digestive ailments.  Most recently, he participated in the Take Steps Walk to End Crohn’s and Colitis, where he and a team of his supporters walked with thousands of others to raise money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s research efforts.  Over 1.4 million Americans currently suffer from Crohn’s and Colitis this research is crucial to helping them!

Recently, Caleb’s family received news that a new treatment may be available to help put Caleb in remission.  This treatment is called IVIG and involves giving antibodies received from plasma donors to the qualifying patient in order to help bolster their immune systems in order to properly fight the disease.  This unique treatment is only available at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

Caleb has started the 3-part treatment, but it is quite costly.  Just one bag of the IVIG medication is $60,000.  This is in addition to the travel expenses and other regular hospital expenses involved with the treatment.  Insurance only covers a small portion of these vital treatments so a fund has been set up at Bank of America in honor of Caleb, in order to help his family in every way possible.

You can donate directly to Collections for Caleb  by clicking on this link (or if you do not have facebook, by emailing Mikey’s Helping Place for the appropriate account information).  The donations are anonymous and every little bit helps!

Please help this brave young man continue to progress and pass on the word about Collections for Caleb and the wonderful treatment being given at the Cleveland Clinic!  Together we can all help find a cure for digestive diseases!

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