SWFL family heads to Capitol Hill to help fight childhood cancer
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CREATED Jun. 13, 2013 - UPDATED: Jun. 14, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Rob Whan shows off his son's picture as any proud father would. With a sense of sweetness in his voice he points out a framed picture of Caleb before he went through treatment.
Just three and a half years into what was a vibrant, promising life, that blonde hair in his pictures faded and playing outside turned into endless treatments in a hospital fighting leukemia.
"There was no option for treatment that would cure him so we chose to bring him home and make him comfortable in his last days," said Whan.
Following a relapse, Caleb's fight ended just days after his 4th birthday but Whan's fight goes on all the way to Capitol Hill.
"Sharing his life and the trials he had to go through and basically the treatment failed and congress isn't doing their job," said Whan.
He founded Caleb's Crusade against Childhood Cancer in 2008 and plans to meet with members of congress to put a voice to childhood cancer next week during the second annual Childhood Cancer Action Day Event. He along with other affected families are looking for more funding and backing to initiatives to help ease the burden on families battling childhood cancer.
Rob adds, "When I know I can contribute to a family that's really worried financially and give them the piece of mind to be able to focus on the care of their child that is the most rewarding thing that I have done."
While Caleb may be gone, he's still a hero in the eyes of his dad and other kids just like him.
Families from 31 states are expected to be in Washington D.C. for the event.
More than 13,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year.
Caleb's Crusade is planning a kick-off meeting on June 27th at 6:30 p.m. At Famous Dave's Fort Myers at 12148 S. Cleveland Ave.