…137 Days Until Race Day
Please meet Caleb.
Unfortunately, you only get to meet Caleb through this little write up. You don’t get to meet him the way that I did. There is no possible way that I can capture the essence of Caleb in this post. To truly understand how inspiring he is and to grasp his gift, you really need to meet him in person.
Caleb is the third child in his family to have been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. You can read about him and his siblings at his bloghttp://typeonetrio.blogspot.com/. Only 5% of people with diabetes have Type 1, and here are 3 cases in the SAME FAMILY.
Just one way that Caleb is special.
Then, at age 19, Caleb was diagnosed with Stage 4 Ewing’s Sarcoma. That’s a cancer that is found in only 200 people per year.
Like I said, this kid is some kind of special.
What started out as a tumor in his shoulder was later revealed to have also spread to his lungs.
After 15 months of treatment, Caleb has been left with a “pair of sucky lungs due to 41 rounds of boosted radiation, scars from radiation, weakened bodily functions (everywhere) from 30 rounds of chemotherapy and an autologous Stem Cell Transplant. So much treatment that if cancer relapses- treatment options are significantly limited.”
The best example of Caleb and his attitude, in words, are his own from a recent blog:
“Due to the Type One Diabetes, my Ewing survival rate is actually an unknown stat. From what my doctors know, there isn’t anyone else that has Type One Diabetes and Ewing Sarcoma. However, anyone with metastatic Ewing’s has an automatic 30% survival rate.
I want to use this terrible, overwhelming, confusing, difficult and ominous diagnosis of Ewing Sarcoma to do one thing- be able to minister to others around me.
Everybody relates to cancer. And the worst thing that I could do is squander this opportunity God has given me- in my own grief and pain.”
Today’s workout was a boxing workout, as is every Monday. We started with 2 x’s 3 minutes of jumping rope with 30 seconds rest in between. Then we stepped into the ring for hand pad work. Normally we do 3 minute rounds with 30 seconds rest between. Today, we did the same workout that 4-Time World Champion, Juan Diaz does…18 minutes straight, no rest, no breaks. Believe me, Juan Diaz does this for breakfast. This workout ate my lunch.
After that, my coach, Brian Caldwell told me, “Not many people can do what you just did. What you just did goes beyond physical. What you just did comes from your head and your heart.”
That’s the reason I chose to dedicate today’s workout to Caleb, because as you saw in the numbers above, not many people are asked to do what Caleb has done.
We finished with 2 rounds on the heavy bag, 100 straight punches on the heavy bag and then 100 jump squats.
Caleb, we ROCKED today, brother.
Who will you meet tomorrow?