A young Caleb Overhuls was diagnosed with leukemia in 2016, when he was only 5 years of age.
After struggling with various little issues in late 2015, Caleb was diagnosed with A.L.L. (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) on February 16, 2016.
According to Cancer.gov, A.L.L. (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) is “a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many immature lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell).”
Caleb Overhuls, now 7, is in remission but his chemotherapy treatments need to continue until July 2019. A fundraiser has been started by Caleb’s paternal aunt, Marci Gates, through which the family hopes to raise $40,000. As of now, they have gotten a little over $27,000.
His family takes him to the Denver Children’s Hospital to get his treatments, tests, and surgeries.
Caleb Overhuls lives with his family in Columbus, a town in the US State of Montana.
While speaking to Journal Post, Caleb’s father, Stacey Overhuls, said that he had to take time off his work to take care of Caleb and his treatments. He said that his family had to set aside their lives for Caleb, who is their “world”.
Overhuls further added that they were already having financial issues and when Caleb’s treatments began, they really started to have a tough time. He said that they lost their house due to foreclosure, and have to move out in the next 20 to 30 days.
Along with the struggle of taking Caleb to a hospital that is 8 hours away, they also have to look for a place to stay as soon as possible, to keep a roof over their heads.
Stacey Overhuls said, “It has been a long road. With the time I had to take off of work over the last two years, due to his illness, many things in our life had to be set aside. We were already struggling financially when Caleb got sick, and then it spiraled. We have lost our home to foreclosure and we are currently in the process of finding another place to live. We have to move out within the next 20-30 days.”
Caleb and his family have been trying their best to keep a positive attitude towards whatever life throws at them, but are inevitably struggling.
Stacey said, “I keep a positive attitude and know that everything will be ok in the end. But it’s been very hard, financially, physically, mentally, and emotionally. But we will survive. One way or another.”
Caleb, who is being home schooled, is keeping up with all the struggles and treatments with a smile on his face, wearing a cape. He is being given oral chemotherapy and various different medicines, however, that sometimes alter his morale. His father said, “As far as his morale, it depends a lot on how the medications are making him feel. He takes oral chemo meds every day, with a healthy dose of methotrexate every Monday. Every week is kind of a roller coaster. Highs and lows. I try to keep him positive and he really does his best. He does have good days too.”
The chemotherapy, medicines, and cancer have really affected. An update on his fundraiser, as of nine months, said, “Caleb is having a tough time, even has a low-grade fever right now. I’m asking for prayers and energy from whoever has some to give. He hasn’t bounced back as well from his last spinal, and his ANC (Absolute neutrophil count) number has still been going down.”
Stacey also talked to Journal Post about his wife, Candi Overhuls, and how she is coping with Caleb’s condition and treatments. He said, “It has been awfully hard on her. Situations like this will wear you down physically, mentally, and emotionally. There is simply nothing that is worse than watching a child go through such things. Although we have made it through the worst of his journey, our lives are forever changed.”