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Jun 18, 2022
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
Caleb is a childhood cancer survivor, considered cured of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL T-Cell). He was diagnosed at age 4 and completed 2 years of treatment in 2007. He has led a full life since treatment concluded and did not suffer any long term effects. Caleb is presently in nursing school at George Fox University near Portland, Oregon. He is a great student and was invited to be a teaching assistant last year in Anatomy and Physiology. He was asked to also TA Pharmacology starting next fall. In high school, Caleb graduated as valedictorian of his class, was active in the performing arts, played football, threw shotput and discus in track and field, and was a student council leader. He also served his church in children's ministry and worship ministry. Caleb even had the opportunity to serve in short-term missions and has been to Mexico several times. After moving with his family to northern California in 2014, Caleb continued to attend Camp One Step each summer. He has made life long friends with several pediatric cancer survivors and counselors/mentors he has met since first going at age 7.
Imagine the shock and awe of Caleb's 2nd cancer diagnosis!! For anyone who knows and loves Caleb, this has been hard news to absorb since May 24th. Caleb had some oral surgery on May 12th. It should have been routine but there has been nothing routine about a toothache that started during finals week in late April. Be sure to read the journal for all the details leading up to today.
Thank you for joining our Round 2 Cancer Journey. We are a close family surrounded by strong communities here in California, nearby in Oregon, and way back in Wisconsin where Caleb was born and last treated. We also have several family and close friends in Minnesota, Illinois, Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, and New York. Caleb will need lots of love and support so come to this site often, offer encouragement, and help as you can.
As his mama says - #Steffensthrive so cancer better watch out 'cause Caleb is readying himself for battle! And if you've met a Steffen, you know we are in it to win it - ALWAYS!!