Team Cal Pal
Many of you know that Michelle and I welcomed our son, Callister, in October, 2017 and we couldn’t be happier. What most of you don’t know is that Callister was diagnosed with a condition called bi-lateral clubfoot, an orthopedic condition that causes the feet to turn inward. If left untreated, the condition can prevent the ability to walk and have other long term complications.
Over the las six months Michelle and I have made more trips to Boston Children’s Hospital than we would care to count. From the time Callister was only a week old, he has had months of casts, tendon surgery, and retaining leg braces to correct his condition. All of the casts and brace wearing made it very difficult for Callister to roll over, or side to side. As a result, he developed a flattening of the back of his head requiring the use of a helmet also from Boston Children’s Hospital to correct the issue. Through it all, Callister has been nothing short of a champ. This little guy has taken it all in stride and does so with a big smile.
Boston Children’s Hospital has been there with us every step of the way. It was Dr. Kasser and his team that made a very difficult process for new parents more accommodating than ever expected. It was the whole team that supported 5:30 am appointments to avoid traffic in the city. It was Dave playing music on his iPad during the casting sessions to keep the kids calm. It was the nurse who held Callister in her arms and sang to him during surgery. It was the whole team that was available by email or phone to answer questions or concerns that we had. Everything that they did gave us the utmost confidence that everything was going to be OK.
The techniques used for Callister’s conditions required extensive research and development to establish proven plans for the best chances of success. While we are happy to report that Callister’s progress has been exceptional and it is unlikely that these issues will have any negative impact on his future, there are other families out there that are not as fortunate. There are so many conditions out there that are not well understood and with little to no effective means of treatment.
Our family goal is to raise $1,000 to help contribute to BCH’s research and development for cures, but we need your help to get there. Please consider donating to Team Cal-Pal and help us help those in need. We are truly grateful for your support.
Alex, Michelle, and Callister