Support Caleb Clausen medical/family expenses

For: Ben and Annie Clausen, Caleb Clausen
Walnut, IL
Organizer: Sarah Fields
Support Caleb Clausen medical/family expenses (Ben and Annie Clausen, Caleb Clausen)
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The Story

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Six year old Caleb Clausen was hit by a tanker truck on Tuesday afternoon, September 19, 2017, resulting in several life threatening injuries. He was life flighted to Peoria, IL where he has undergone 10 surgeries. Please consider supporting this precious family. The medical bills alone will be astronomical. This is a one income family with four young children. They will need to replace lost wages and pay for meals out while attending to their son in Peoria. If you cannot donate anything, please, please pray and share. 

On November 6, Caleb transferred to Chicago for rehab! It took him less than 7 weeks after his life threatening accident to be ready for rehab! 

On Friday, December 22, 2017, again, less than 7 weeks since starting rehab, our miracle boy, Caleb, WENT HOME! He continues his outpatient therapy 4 times per week in Bettendorf,IA.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 21, 2018

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Posted on June 21, 2018

June 21st evening update 

Well... not quite the news we were looking for. Caleb had his cystoscopy and urethragram today to get a good look on the location of his bladder to make a game plan for reconstructive surgery. His urologist showed us the pictures and it shows that there is a significant gap between his bladder and urethra. His urologist is pretty sure that they are not capable of doing the reattachment here. She said that if the gap was smaller, it wouldn't be such a problem, but it's been 9 months since the accident and she believes that his bladder has moved down all it will. The next step the urologist will take is to reach out to a world renowned urologist who has been retired for a while. This world renowned urologist still does special cases and lives in CA and at the very least may have colleagues who are capable. She (Caleb's urologist) said that the surgery isn't completely out of the question, but very few surgeons are able to handle the large gap. We are still keeping his 2nd opinion appointment at luries in Chicago and Caleb's urologist is hopeful that they will have connections on someone who can do this. But in the meantime both OSF pediatric urologist here at st. Francis are on the search and branching out to see of possible surgeons. I know God has this and I know he has Caleb in his hands. But we are tired and we need some strength to continue on. I know that there is a long road still ahead and God will be there every step of the way.  Please pray for strength for all of us and the urologist that God has chosen to fix our son. Praises that Caleb got through the procedure just fine and how awesome he is doing otherwise.


Posted on June 12, 2018

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Posted on June 12, 2018

June 11th Evening update

I haven’t updated in quite a while, so I figured I’d keep you posted on all of the happenings lately. Mainly the biggest thing is Caleb’s eating and drinking. Last time I posted an update (Annie did rather) Caleb was eating hotdogs and chicken nugget kid’s meals. I am happy to say he has been eating quite a bit more including pizza and freeze pops!! He has gotten to the point, where he can’t really tolerate water flushes and feeds, so we’ve been doing 100% drinking by cups with straws. As far as feeds go, well there is no need to since he’s getting a little better nutrition from other foods besides veggie straws. Caleb has been doing awesome as far as walking and running goes, he still has a slight limp when he walks, but is doing excellent keeping up with the other kids playing. I’ve noticed that Caleb also is getting pretty good at retaining new memory as well. Before the accident, he memorized Annie’s phone number (because it was our family video account number) and as early as Chicago, he was telling us her number. Caleb never really caught onto my number when we worked on it with him, but I am proud to say that with working on it with him a bit, he has memorized it! Slowly but surely he’s coming back to us. I think that after all of this, he won’t be the same Caleb that he was before the accident, but we won’t be the same family either. There have been days that we have longed for our old lives back, longed for normalcy, longed for the way it was… especially the tough days. But I know that God has a plan and this is the way it is supposed to be. Sometimes…most times God’s plan differs from ours and there comes a point where we have to just let go and trust that God knows what he’s doing… because he does. There have been quite a few times though, I just look at Caleb interacting with our other children or listen to Annie and all of our children singing “the wheels on the bus” in the van and am start choking up thanking God for allowing this. Thanking him for those new memories, thanking him for that belly laugh we thought we lost forever, thanking him for Caleb’s sense of humor. There is a saying that Dave Ramsey always says on his radio show when people ask how he is and he always answers “better than I deserve!” , well these little moments that we get to experience again are better than we deserve and I thank God for all of them. Tomorrow we will go back to Peoria for Caleb’s neuro development doctor’s appointment. I did forget to mention that last week, Caleb had his physical at his general doctor’s office for his upcoming cystoscopy next week and Annie was surprised by the entire doctor’s office staff all wearing team Caleb shirts. Have I mentioned in the past that I love our community? Please continue to pray for Caleb’s upcoming procedures and surgeries, safe travels tomorrow, and the continued work on eating real food. And of course our huge praises are the leaps and bounds of recovery, the “new” food discoveries, and his memory retention improving.  I have meant to say this months ago, but we sent out thank you cards to as much as we could to those who have sent us cards, letters, money, words of encouragement, and support. But I know we didn’t get everybody due to the mass amounts of love and support from everyone, that was a huge undertaking done by Annie’s mother and sisters (thank you for that!!) but to everyone else who has helped us in some way, shape or form a huge Thank you goes out to everyone.


Posted on May 3, 2018

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Posted on May 3, 2018

May 2nd evening update

Just doing a quick update on what’s been happening lately. First, the other day the neurologist called Annie to tell her that Caleb’s EEG results showed no seizure activity and we don’t need to come back in until August. So from the neuro standpoint Caleb went 2 for 2 between the CT and EEG, so that is a huge praise. Secondly, Caleb has had pee pee issues all day. We successfully changed out his catheter last night, but today Caleb kept grabbing himself complaining of pain. Annie called the urologist and told her about Caleb’s issue he was having, she told her that it sounded like inflammation of the testicles  from an infection. She told Annie to go ahead and take him to the ER to get an ultrasound and make sure. After getting to the ER, the doctor was concerned that one of them could be twisted and if so, it would require a surgery to fix. He went ahead and ordered the ultrasound and gave him some Motrin to ease the pain. Ultrasound came in and at first she could not find blood flow on the right side indicating a twisted testicle… but eventually found the blood flow and was able to rule that out. Long story short, the doctor was happy to tell us that there was no twist and no inflammation, but it was a hydrocele… pretty much a cyst on the internal part of his boy parts.  The doctor said that if he could prefer an issue that it could have been, he’s glad it was that because it is the least dangerous out of all the possibilities it could have been. So the way to treat it will be to let it go away on its own and take Motrin as needed. The cyst should go away in a matter of days and in some cases upwords of 1-2 weeks with flare ups every so often. So thank you Everyone for the continued prayers through all of this!

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