Car Fest to help Caleb fulfil his bucket list dreams
Supporters of a young boy suffering from a rare form of cancer are fundraising to help make his last wishes come true.
Caleb’s bucket list
Caleb may have had a vastly different life to many of his peers, but his bucket list reveals interests are similar to any other boy his age.
Many of the wishes focus on the five year old’s favourite thing, dinosaurs – from seeing them to studying them.
Friends of the family have been helping to make these wishes come true.
Here is Caleb’s bucket list:
Stroke and hold a baby crocodile
Drive a tank
Be a palaeontologist
Meet actor and presenter Robson Green
Finish and publish a book about his journey
Go to Jurassic Park in Orlando
Meet wildlife TV presenter Nigel Marven
Caleb McCulloch was first diagnosed with rhabdomoysarcoma in August 2015, a type of cancer which had affected his jaw, ribs and bone marrow.
Following aggressive chemotherapy and radiotherapy the five-year-old went into remission nine months later, but after a serious seizure in July doctors discovered the cancer was back with a vengeance – with three tumours growing on his brain.
No one is known to have survived Caleb’s affliction.
The Watton tot is currently undergoing a chemotherapy trial at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge – should this fail, he may only have months to live.
In order to make the most of Caleb’s short life, his mother Kirsty and step-dad Jason are endeavouring to tick as many wishes as possible off his bucket list.
Caleb’s family, including sister Paige and step-brother, also want to donate to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and Addenbrooke’s Hospital as a thank you for their care.
Ms McCulloch described her son as a “fun, energetic and lively lad” who is “caring to others”.
“It is a very difficult time for us not knowing what kind of day Caleb is going to have and what his next results are going to show.
“People constantly ask us and other families how we cope with our situation. Honestly all you can say is you cannot, you take each day as it comes and be thankful that you still have that day with your child.
“Caleb is the reason we cope – he makes us laugh every day and makes us happy and proud to be his family.”
To help the McCullochs’ cause, local caterer Jamie Bell, who runs The T Bar on the Norwich Road Industrial Estate in Watton, has organised a fundraising event on the estate this Sunday.
Caleb’s Car Fest will bring together a host of motors – from classic Minis to American muscle cars – with family entertainment including a mannequin challenge and a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses.
Mr Bell said: “We felt we had to do something to give him and his family as many memories as we could in the short space of time he has.”
Ms McCulloch added: “We are very grateful to for Katie and Jamie putting something so thoughtful together.”
To donate to Caleb go to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/calebs-biggestfight