Cure Caleb's Colon

For: Caleb Allensworth
Lancaster, PA
Organizer: Friends of Caleb Allensworth
Cure Caleb's Colon (Caleb Allensworth)
of $50,000 goal
53% Complete
Raised by 235 donors

The Story

On April 3, Caleb and Tori (Hatt) Allensworth learned that Caleb (age 29) is fighting stage 3 colon cancer. Just days earlier, Caleb came perilously close to death, undergoing emergency surgery to remove a tumor from his large intestine. Caleb’s battle is just beginning; thankfully, his outstanding medical team is cautiously optimistic as he prepares to undergo six months of aggressive chemotherapy. Please, join their community of family and friends as they rally to support them in the fight for Caleb’s life.

After getting married in October 2014, Caleb and Tori took up residence in Nashville, TN where they began to build a life together. Caleb had been working in the music industry for several years and was more recently touring and performing nationally as the drummer and band leader for country music artist, Jacob Davis. Tori began a successful career in the restaurant industry, and they bought a charming home and a dog named Andy to go with it! 

In the beginning of 2018, they began to feel a tug to move back to south-central PA to be near their close family and friends. A promotion and transfer to PA was presented to Tori, and with an offer to Caleb for a position as resident audio engineer at a major music venue in Lancaster, their path was clear.

Having rearranged their employment, sold their home and packed up their life, Caleb and Tori pulled out of their Nashville driveway for the last time on March 26. There was only one problem: Caleb wasn’t feeling well and hadn’t for several days. He managed to push the pain aside and muscle through the drive to PA, assuming it would pass. 

As their journey progressed, Caleb’s pain became worse; once home that night, it was unbearable. It became clear that he needed medical treatment. Tori took him to Lancaster General Hospital where he was admitted on March 27. The following day, his physicians made a shocking discovery: a sizeable tumor on Caleb’s large intestine. That evening, he was rushed into surgery where the tumor was successfully removed, along with a section of his colon, appendix and 16 lymph nodes.

Caleb spent a difficult week recovering in the hospital with Tori, family and friends by his side. The day before he was released, he was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer. 

Now resting in the comfort of home, Caleb is getting ready for the battle to save his life. In May, he will begin a grueling six-month round of chemotherapy to eradicate the cancer. As a result of surgery, he will also have a colostomy bag for the duration of his treatment. He and Tori have an unwavering faith and a supportive group of family and friends around them; they know that this journey will be arduous, but they are determined to find joy in suffering (Romans 5:3-5).

Cancer comes at a great cost not only physically, emotionally and spiritually, but also financially. Despite having health insurance, there are already thousands of dollars in uncovered medical fees, to say nothing of travelling expenses and lost wages, all of which are destined to increase with time. Tori will be periodically missing work to prioritize time for Caleb’s care, and Caleb’s ability to work is now uncertain at best. Most importantly, Caleb and Tori dream of starting a family of their own. Caleb's chemotherapy treatments will render him unable to start a family naturally. They are already taking steps make starting a family possible, but this comes at a great expense. Realistically, the rippling costs of this burden will be incurred for many years to come. 

Ease their burden (Hebrews 13:16) and support Caleb and Tori in any way you can. Send a card, give a hug, say a prayer and donate today.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 4, 2018


Posted on May 4, 2018

Caleb had his first chemo treatment about a week ago and continues to feel strong with few side effects (praise God!) As you can see in the picture, he set up his drum kit in his new beat laboratory and is happy to be playing again. In fact, he’s feeling so good that he may begin to seek a part time job in the coming weeks.  

Cure Caleb’s Colon had an exciting development this week. Andy Butcher, a music industry insider who has worked with the likes of Brad Paisley, The Weeknd and Awolnation among others, is raffling a drum kit in Caleb’s honor. Raffle tickets are $10 apiece; all raffle proceeds will be donated to Cure Caleb’s Colon. The kit was donated by Barton Drums with a kick donated by Drum Supply. Visit Andy’s Instagram @the_drum_tamer to enter.  

Caleb’s next chemo treatment is this Wednesday. He felt some fatigue after his first treatment but, at this point, no other side effects have emerged. He is hopeful that he will have minimal symptoms for the duration of his treatment. Please pray that Caleb’s body continues to accept the chemo with few side-effects.  

Also pray for Tori as she settles into her routine at work. Her commute is lengthy, and she wishes she could spend more time at home with Caleb and Andy. Pray that they both adapt well to their new normal and can grow even closer amid this struggle.  

Thank you all for your continued support. Caleb and Tori are certainly feeling the love and are optimistic about what the future holds.         

Posted on April 26, 2018


Posted on April 26, 2018

Hello, all! 

Today, Caleb received his first dose of chemotherapy. He was able to meet with several of his physicians during his four-hour treatment and they are all optimistic about how his body will respond to the chemo. As you can see, he also took the opportunity to snack a bit! 

At this point, his reaction has been minimal and he is feeling good. He will continue to receive treatment every other Wednesday morning for the next six months. 

Pray for Caleb as he continues his chemo and that he will have few reactions to the medication. Also pray for patience as he learns how to adapt to his new normal. Please also pray for Tori as she cares for Caleb during this trying time. 

As always, thank you for your selfless support. Caleb and Tori have felt your love and appreciate every call, text, note and gesture. You are truly making a difference in the life of this couple!  

Posted on April 15, 2018


Posted on April 15, 2018

Hey Ya'll! Cure Caleb's Colon has been online for one week and at nearly $23,000 we are almost half way there! 

What better way to show our appreciation than to hear from the man himself! Click here to catch up on Caleb and Tori's journey. 

Thank you for your generosity and support.

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