Boy's cancer becoming 'too aggressive to treat'

Caleb Hammond turns 11 years old Tuesday/Beth Waldon

It's been a busy summer for Caleb Hammond.

The Oskaloosa cancer warrior celebrated his 11th birthday with Wapello County Public Safety this month and Independence Day in a helicopter last month.

A party organized for Hammond Sunday received a big turnout from Ottumwa firefighters, Wapello County rural firefighters, EMTs, reserve deputies, the Blue Knights and local race car driver Dustin Griffiths.

A familiar face also joined in on the fun Sunday. Trevor Stromgren, 8, best known for his Team Trevor campaign, was diagnosed with cancer at 3 years old.

"He and Caleb are very close," said Hammond's aunt, Heather Jones.

Hammond was diagnosed with Leukemia in February of 2017. He underwent a successful bone marrow transplant a year later. He relapsed in June, and was admitted to Blank Children's Hospital for more chemotherapy. Since then, Jones said Hammond's leukemia has mutated and become too aggressive to treat effectively.

His family has decided to bring him home.

"We know we have little time left," Jones said. "We’re not in denial, but I know miracles exist, and we are blessed to have him."

Hammond officially turns 11 years old Tuesday.


Birthday cards for Hammond may be mailed to his father's address:

John Hammond
314 N J St.
Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577

CLICK HERE to donate to pending expenses.

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