BENEFITING: MYTEAM TRIUMPH INC
EVENT DATE: Sep 13, 2014
Welcome to Captain Caleb's fundraising page for myTEAM TRIUMPH - Angels of Georgia!
On September 13, 2014 Caleb will "Captain" a team of "Angels" through the ConnectAbilities 5K/10K Road Race.
The jogging stroller that Captain Caleb will be riding in has been borrowed for this race, so we are raising funds for the purchase of a chair for the Angels of Georgia Chapter so that Captain Caleb and others with special needs can continue to experience the thrill of racing in Georgia.
This equipment is very specialized and costs $1,000 per chair. All donations will be used to purchase and maintain jogger chairs so that no one will be left on the sidelines!
A Message from Caleb's Mother
Caleb Xavier Castro was born January 7, 2011. He was born weighing 8lb’s exactly! I had a normal pregnancy and normal delivery without any complications. Caleb was fussy since day one but we didn’t think much of it since everything was new to him. It wasn’t until he was 2 months old when we noticed that he seemed to get jumpy like as if something had startled him. He did this many times throughout the day. We didn’t think much of it since babies do get frightened easily but we were more careful around him. It wasn’t until I was burping Caleb one night when all of the sudden his body started shaking and he got stiff. We waited to see what would happen next all we saw is that he would sigh after each episode and it wasn’t long before it would repeat itself over and over. My husband looked at me after we saw this happened and told me that they looked like seizures and we then headed to the E.R. When we got to the hospital we ended up staying for 1 week while doctors ran many test were they later confirmed that what he was having were indeed seizures. Caleb now takes medications that help him control somewhat his seizures. The downside to these meds is that they get him very sleepy and for this reason Cab has not reached milestones like normal kids do his age.
Today Caleb is now 3 years old. He is still on his medications along with a special diet called the Ketogenic diet. Thanks to this diet Caleb is now more alert and active. Caleb now feeds through a G tube which has helped him out tremendously on his bad days when he is sick and doesn’t want to eat we can give him his food and meds through his feeding tube which has him looking nice and chunky. We include Caleb in all that we do he enjoys being in the outdoors and loves playing in the water. He is a very happy little one with so much energy but like all he does have those days were the seizures ruin his day and drain him out. Overall Caleb has been a blessing to our family and it hasn’t been easy for him. We would not have chosen this life for our son to be special needs but if it meant giving him up just to have an easier life we wouldn’t choose that either. Caleb or as we call him “Nickel” is someone who is loved by his entire family and especially loved by his older brother Miguel.
What is myTEAM TRIUMPH?
myTEAM TRIUMPH is an athletic ride-along program created for children, teens, adults and veterans with disabilities who would not normally be able to experience outdoor endurance events such as triathlons or road races.
We were inspired by Rick Hoyt, who after being pushed through his first race by his father said "Hey Dad, when we're racing it feels like my disability disappears".
There are thirty-five myTEAM TRIUMPH chapters around world including the Angels of Georgia Chapter (formerly the Northwest Georgia Chapter). myTEAM TRIUMPH is a 501(c)3 Charity so donations are deductable as allowed by law.