Kaleb is not unlike most of the 9-year-olds that you may know. He has two older brothers and one younger sister. He loves tackle football, snowboarding, riding motorcycles, cub scouts, and playing games with his family and friends. On the other hand, he may be unlike most other 9 years that you know as he is in a battle for his life!
In May 2011 Kaleb started to throw up every once in a while and the doctors did not have any answers. Kaleb was sent home. He continued throwing up during the summer and was taken to a specialist, who ran blood tests, again no answers!
The year rolled on and the pain, frustration, and disease progressed and on October 8th, 2011 Kaleb was taken to the emergency room at Primary Children's Hospital because the throwing up was now accompanied by severe headaches.
The Heaps family was brought to their knees when the CT scan revealed a Medulloblastoma (a form of brain cancer). Unable to breathe and recover from the shock and horror of the initial diagnosis, Kaleb was rushed into surgery the next day to remove the tumor that had made its home in this sweet boys brain.
After the brain surgery he spent 5 weeks in Primary Children's Hospital and did 60 treatments of radiation at Huntsman Cancer Hospital. His life switched immediately from footballs, snowballs, and friends, to hospital rooms, IV’s, and doctors.
Kaleb is courageous and sweet! As a result of the life saving treatments he is dealing with Ataxia, which means the left side of his body does not work correctly. He cannot walk without help, and wears an eye patch to help with the double vision.
He is home now with his family and goes back and forth to Primary Children’s for Chemotherapy, which he will do for the next year.
This regular 9 year old is not regular at all, he is extraordinary and an example to all who meet him. He courageously battles this cancer and is working really hard to regain some of his losses through physical, occupational, and speech therapy.
This little boy and his great family are in need of all of our help. Please join us in doing ‘Anything for a Friend’!
Event Date: May 19th, 2012
Event Time: 9am-1pmLocation:
We are well aware that there is an entire community that is struggling along with Kaleb and his family; we will be holding a special balloon launch for Kaleb at the event. Imagine Kaleb and his family in the middle of hundreds of loved ones, each holding a balloon as a symbol of their love, support, faith, and hope. It will be a special moment for all of us to reflect on what's truly important! We are selling balloons starting at $2/balloon and we have had balloons go for up to $501 a piece! We would love your support in this united expression of hope! Please send your message and donation to:
Anything for a Friend/Kaleb Heaps (specify balloons in the memo) 2573 N. 2450 E. Layton, UT. 84040
**Special thanks to theBallooneyBin for their love and support of the balloon launch!
Loved meeting Kaleb up at Primary Children's! I am so happy that this special boy does not have to fight cancer alone. We love you Kaleb!
Come join us in the organization of Kaleb's event! We need your help to bring love, support, and compassion to the Heaps. Please contact Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Now is the perfect time to really HELP THE HEAPS!
Date: Wednesday, May 16th
Time: 7:00pmAddress: Melanie's house
Special thanks to an incredible group of people!
Emily's sweet little girls, Avery and Siena are following in their mom's footsteps and set up a lemonade stand for Kaleb! They made over $85 in two hours--Incredible hearts in little bodies.
Jenny Reynolds rallied the troops in the Beacon Hill Neighborhood! These incredible kids and their fearless leader raised $336.75 for Kaleb! How comforting to think that the fate of this world will fall into the hands and hearts of these kids! Thank you all from the deepest part of my heart.
Kaleb and his family made a special visit while the committee was putting together baskets for the event! Special thanks to Melanie Hall and her family for being in charge of the Auction Committee.