Callin's Mom writes to us:
Callin was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor August of 2018 called Crainopharyngioma. He has had 3 total brain surgeries. 2 in Syracuse and 1 here at St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. We have been at St Jude since February 5, and Callin is going through proton radiation. He will complete his 30 treatments on April 16! Callin starts every morning to the same, I wake him up get him dressed, give him his meds and we head out to car. His only request is that we listen to Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night” on the way to treatment. His energy stems from music, it feeds his little soul and puts the smile on his face and the giggle in his heart day after day, no matter the challenges and set backs he faces.
Callin has been an inspiration in our school district. He’s a UPK student at Red Creek Central. Every year Rich Pitts whose a middle school math teacher puts on a Math-A-Thon to raise money for St. Jude. He informed the students that one of our own kids in the district was at St Jude, and he would give updates to them each day. Callin gave CallinStrong bracelets to all participants, and his personalized T-Shirt to the top earner. They raised over $8,000 and Callin being here at St Jude is what lit their fire to strive for a goal and not only meet it, but exceed it! It doesn’t stop there, Callin is well lit up in his Elementary School, the kids know him, they always stop to say hi, hug him, and are so kind, genuine and sympathetic at such young ages. I know our whole community is anxious to have him home and hear is contagious laugh again.