Nine-year-old Caleb loves killer whales. Diagnosed with clear cell sarcoma, a rare cancer that affects the tissue, Caleb has endured his fair share of rough waters.
But just like his favorite animals, Caleb approaches his obstacles with strength and perseverance that are larger than life.
When Make-A-Wish® asked Caleb what his heartfelt wish would be, he knew instantly that he wanted to visit the theme parks in Orlando, Florida to meet a killer whale.
In October of 2009, Caleb and his family jetted off to Florida, where they spent a week taking in the exciting atmosphere and just enjoying time together as a family. During the trip, Caleb met some of his favorite characters, visited the different attractions and rode rides to his heart’s content.
When the moment arrived for Caleb’s one true wish, he could barely contain his excitement. The animal he had seen so many times in movies and on television would soon be right in front of him. Caleb walked to the edge of the pool, where he came face to face with a killer whale! He even reached into the water to pet his new friend!
Caleb’s wish helped replace his family’s fear and uncertainty with lasting hope, optimism and a lifetime of memories. Thinking back on the experience, his mom, Stacey, shares, “It was an amazing time for our family and gave us a chance to be together and to celebrate our son and his dreams.”
Five years later, Caleb continues to gain strength from his larger-than-life wish.