Driving down the road I see a pink cement truck and a pink tow truck. A boy around 10 has on long pink socks with his football uniform as I checked out at Meijer. The car in front of me has a decal with the well-known Breast Cancer Awareness Month logo. “October means pink.” I have heard this so many times and my heart truly goes out to women (and men) fighting breast cancer. BUT, I don’t want to forget the hundreds of thousands of kids, teens and adults fighting so many other types of cancer. One such little boy lives in my own community and my heart hurts as I think of not only my daughter who is a couple of years younger, but my nephews who are three, five and seven and my heart hurts even more because cancer doesn’t care who you are or what your hopes and dreams are.
Caleb Tucker is a bubbly six-year-old that my friend Lisa told me about and shared with our MOPS group. He is fighting an extremely rare form of kidney cancer that completely came out of no where. I imagine him going from swimming and running one day to the hospital bed and seeing the fear in his mother’s eyes the next day. This past August he went through a big surgery to remove an even bigger tumor – the size of a cantaloupe. He is now going through rounds of chemo, but his smile remains. His joy remains. His spirit remains. His parents want to remain by his side (as most parents would) as they navigate these uncharted waters that no parent dreams of when they first saw their hopes and dreams the day he was born.
My friend Lisa McIntyre owns McAndMarCreates and is raising funds to help support the entire Tucker family as they drive to and from Caleb’s appointments, stop for meals, pay for parking and even overnight stays. In order to be by Caleb’s side, his mom, Tarah, has to miss work, which means saying no to a paycheck in order to say yes to their son. His dad, Ben, continues to work as he knows providing for his son is the best way to care for Caleb and his younger sister, Grace, and brother, Luke. For the month of October, Lisa is selling decals for $3 each – seriously, you need one or ten of these awesome decals – and $1 from each sale goes directly to the Tucker family. She’s also donating $5 from every custom shirt order to the family. Lisa does absolutely amazing work and you won’t regret getting a #momlife decal to stick on your coffee mug or a custom shirt for your kid’s first birthday or becoming a big sister. Why are you still reading? Go order now! Also visit Caleb’s Cancer Journey GoFundMe page to learn his full story and to make an additional donation.