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.