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Caleb: I wish to swim with dolphins

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“ This wish gave us a chance to step aside and focus on family. ”

- Caleb's dad, Chris

Every month, Caleb conducts a cooking show for the residents of a retirement home. He also fundraises annually for causes close to his heart. This nine-year-old has always had a passion for giving back, a feeling that was magnified after he had a life-changing experience with Make-A-Wish® Minnesota.

When Caleb was nine months old, he broke his first bone. After several more broken bones, Caleb’s parents took him to the doctor for additional testing. He was diagnosed with a genetic skeletal disorder, and at only five years old, he had years of pain ahead of him. Since his diagnosis, Caleb has broken over 40 bones, requiring constant visits to the doctor and multiple infusions every year. That’s when Caleb’s doctor decided to refer Caleb and his family to Make-A-Wish Minnesota.

Caleb has always loved water and swimming, so deciding on his wish was easy. He was thrilled when his wish to swim with dolphins at Discovery Cove in Orlando came true in 2014! “This wish gave us a chance to step aside and focus on our family,” Caleb’s dad, Chris, said.

Caleb discovered his wish would come true during the 2014 WCCO-TV Wishes in Flight® Airline Miles Drive. He spent the day on a scavenger hunt around the Mall of America®, leading him to the WCCO–TV studio where the evening news anchors revealed his wish would come true! According to Chris, the activities throughout the day are what brought Caleb out of his shell.

Although Caleb still faces painful and life-threatening bone breaks, he and his family look back on their experience with Make-A-Wish® and fondly remember the pure joy they felt during their wish trip. Caleb remains positive and proactive and, because of his wish experience, has dedicated himself to helping others.

One of the ways Caleb gives back is by helping wishes come true for other Minnesota kids. Earlier this year, he partnered with artisan Shaun Davis and created a one-of-a-kind piece for the 2017 Wish Ball auction. This beautifully constructed kids craft table sold for $6,000 and helped raise more than $700,000 during the event.

“Caleb recognizes what people have done for him, and he wants to turn it around and help others…all he wants to do is help people and make them laugh,” Chris said.

When you help Make-A-Wish Minnesota grant wishes: Hope is returned. Strength is regained. Joy is restored. Thank you for your support during the past 35 years. We look forward to another 35 years of wish granting and hope you will join us on this journey. 

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