If “EXCITEMENT” is your middle name, it’s never too early to make plans for an exhilarating, mystifying, baffling and absolutely hair-raising event. So, grab your partner, shake off the summer doldrums and register today for the Inaugural Caiden’s Hope Halloween Road Rally.
You’ll definitely regret it if you miss out on this opportunity to spend the day with fellow fun lovers competing for great prizes by swooping around and through Montgomery and surrounding counties from north to south, east to west, then forward and back … blissfully unaware of what ghostly apparition might be creeping up behind or beside you while trying to figure out where in the world you are going.
You will laugh! You will cry! You might even think about a bit of profanity!
And, you will definitely wonder if you will ever find civilization again! But you will have more fun than you’ve had in ages … and might even win one of several great prizes!
More importantly … YOU will help support families with babies in NICU!
This full day of fun and slapstick confusion is devoted to raising funds for Caiden’s Hope Foundation to help families, many of whom are trying to care for their tiny infants who are barely clinging to life. Caiden is one of those preemies who successfully clung to life despite his doctor’s prognosis.
Caiden’s mother, Jennifer Call, was given news that no new mother expects to hear — that her newborn baby would have only two months to live. On January 26, 2010, her water broke at only 33.5 weeks into her pregnancy. Five days later, on January 31, Caiden was born, weighing only 3.5 pounds due to his prematurity.
A clear majority of his health issues stemmed from having CHARGE syndrome, a rare disorder that arises during early fetal development that affects multiple organ systems.
In Caiden’s case, even though he was born at 34 weeks gestational age, his abdomen had only grown to the size of 26 weeks gestation. Caiden was transferred to a hospital 70 miles from his home in Ventura, and received care from Mattel Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles for two months until he was stable enough to go home.
Caiden is our survivor!
The time his family spent in the NICU motivated the founders, Wayne and Sharleen Keller, friends of Jennifer parents, to help families in similar situations. It was this and other travel related issues such as paying $14 for parking every day and eating out for every meal that caused Wayne and Sharleen, to form Caiden’s Hope Foundation.
“Since our inception in June 2010, we have assisted over 500 families in all 50 states as well as families from international origins who required their premature infants to be transferred to the United States for treatment,” Executive Director Wayne Keller said.
Pre-registration forms, additional rally details, donation and sponsorship opportunities for the Inaugural Caiden’s Hope Halloween Road Rally are available on the website — CaidensHope.org, or you may email Wayne@CaidensHope.org.