Relay For Life of River Falls Pierce County

Celebrate Caleb & Maddie

Caleb Sailer was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia/Philadelphia Chromosome positive on September 9, 2010. The next day, he started chemo and continued with several bone marrow biopsies and radiation therapies. They hoped to find a bone marrow donor to match, but were unsuccessful. Instead, Caleb had a stem cell transplant with umbilical cord blood from two donors on November 23, 2010 at the University of Minnesota. After that, Caleb’s body reacted, as expected, with many of ups and downs. He spent countless weeks in the hospital with many different illnesses and infections because of his compromised immune system. The day before Caleb died he went to the U of M to have his weekly blood draws done. Everything checked out okay and he was cleared to go home. Unfortunately, the doctors didn't know that Caleb had Septicemia, a medical condition caused by bacteria in the bloodstream resulting in inflammation of the entire body. Had the doctors tested for Septicemia along with his usual blood draws, they may have been able to save him. To prevent a similar situation from occurring with other patients, Caleb’s doctors are now performing tests for Septicemia along with their routine blood draws. This small change to routine procedures will hopefully allow Caleb’s experience to benefit other cancer patients.

Caleb passed away on April 10, 2012 at the age of 32 leaving behind his two young children Blake and Gabby, who were his pride and joy.

I would love your support as I continue to honor and celebrate the life of my best friend and love, Caleb Sailer. 
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We are honored to have Maddie Moutray on our team!

Maddie was diagnosed with a malignant medullablastoma in June 1998 just months after turning five.  She endured several surgeries including the tumor resection which took more than six hours.  Living off and on at Children’s Hospital St Paul became routine as she received 8 weeks of radiation to her head and spine.  Blood transfusions, an induced coma to ease brain healing and hours of therapy took the place of regular five year old activities.  She had to learn to walk, talk and eat all over again. It was a very tough road but Maddie never failed to impress us (and all the hospital staff!) with her inner strength and will to survive. Her determination showed, she was not going back to school in a wheelchair! PT, OT and Speech Therapy were part of our new schedule.  

Next came 48 weeks of chemotherapy,  this really took a toll on her already fragile body.  Her weight had dropped enough that she was given a feeding tube to help her maintain energy.  She was back in the hospital for platelets and observation.  She had two shunt placements to drain the fluid from her skull and relieve pressure on her brain. Through it all Maddie’s strength never failed her.

Maddie will turn 26 this March. It will mark another milestone for us, another birthday that she is here to celebrate with us.

The chemotherapy caused hearing loss, a loss that continues on even today.  She wears two hearing aids. The radiation caused learning disabilities and balance issues it also damaged her pituitary gland and she was on daily shots of growth hormones for several years. She will always need to be cautious of her fragile skull.

All of these challenges haven’t for one minute slowed down Maddie’s need to just keep going forward. She wakes up happy to head off to her job in the cafeteria at the River Falls Hospital. Her smile brightens the day for so many people.  




 

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Celebrate Caleb & Maddie

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We’ve raised $5,045.69
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River Falls Pierce County
Friday, April 05, 2019

Why We Relay

Caleb Sailer was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia/Philadelphia Chromosome positive on September 9, 2010. The next day, he started chemo and continued with several bone marrow biopsies and radiation therapies. They hoped to find a bone marrow donor to match, but were unsuccessful. Instead, Caleb had a stem cell transplant with umbilical cord blood from two donors on November 23, 2010 at the University of Minnesota. After that, Caleb’s body reacted, as expected, with many of ups and downs. He spent countless weeks in the hospital with many different illnesses and infections because of his compromised immune system. The day before Caleb died he went to the U of M to have his weekly blood draws done. Everything checked out okay and he was cleared to go home. Unfortunately, the doctors didn't know that Caleb had Septicemia, a medical condition caused by bacteria in the bloodstream resulting in inflammation of the entire body. Had the doctors tested for Septicemia along with his usual blood draws, they may have been able to save him. To prevent a similar situation from occurring with other patients, Caleb’s doctors are now performing tests for Septicemia along with their routine blood draws. This small change to routine procedures will hopefully allow Caleb’s experience to benefit other cancer patients.

Caleb passed away on April 10, 2012 at the age of 32 leaving behind his two young children Blake and Gabby, who were his pride and joy.

I would love your support as I continue to honor and celebrate the life of my best friend and love, Caleb Sailer. 
**********************************************************
We are honored to have Maddie Moutray on our team!

Maddie was diagnosed with a malignant medullablastoma in June 1998 just months after turning five.  She endured several surgeries including the tumor resection which took more than six hours.  Living off and on at Children’s Hospital St Paul became routine as she received 8 weeks of radiation to her head and spine.  Blood transfusions, an induced coma to ease brain healing and hours of therapy took the place of regular five year old activities.  She had to learn to walk, talk and eat all over again. It was a very tough road but Maddie never failed to impress us (and all the hospital staff!) with her inner strength and will to survive. Her determination showed, she was not going back to school in a wheelchair! PT, OT and Speech Therapy were part of our new schedule.  

Next came 48 weeks of chemotherapy,  this really took a toll on her already fragile body.  Her weight had dropped enough that she was given a feeding tube to help her maintain energy.  She was back in the hospital for platelets and observation.  She had two shunt placements to drain the fluid from her skull and relieve pressure on her brain. Through it all Maddie’s strength never failed her.

Maddie will turn 26 this March. It will mark another milestone for us, another birthday that she is here to celebrate with us.

The chemotherapy caused hearing loss, a loss that continues on even today.  She wears two hearing aids. The radiation caused learning disabilities and balance issues it also damaged her pituitary gland and she was on daily shots of growth hormones for several years. She will always need to be cautious of her fragile skull.

All of these challenges haven’t for one minute slowed down Maddie’s need to just keep going forward. She wakes up happy to head off to her job in the cafeteria at the River Falls Hospital. Her smile brightens the day for so many people.  




 

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HOW FUNDRAISING IMPACTS YOUR COMMUNITY

Cancer hits far too close to home, so the funds you raise will help do the same. Through services and resources like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near hospitals, and a live 24/7 helpline, cancer patients and their families will feel the love. Here’s how recent money raised has been put to incredible uses.

$410 million as of
august 2018

Funding potentially lifesaving cancer research grants.

1.34 million in 2017

Calls and chats from patients and caregivers seeking support.

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452 thousand in 2017

Nights of free lodging provided to patients at Hope Lodge® communities.

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