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1,000 Puppies for a Cure

1,000 Puppies for a CureSeven-year-old Caleb Crosby is hoping puppies can save his life.

The second grader from Augusta, Maine, was recently diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and, according to this article in the Portland Press Herald, has only two to six months to live.

Experimental treatment at a clinic in Houston may be his only hope for life, but the treatment, not covered by insurance, costs $100,000. Rather than admit defeat, the family has started fund raising efforts, including a benefit breakfast and a spaghetti dinner. In addition to the family’s ongoing efforts, Caleb’s elementary school raised $7,300 through community collections and fundraisers.

The article stated that the family now has enough money for Caleb’s initial consultation and to have a pump surgically implanted beneath his skin, which will administer medication.

Caleb is also registered with the Maine Make-A-Wish Foundation. His original wish was for “500 puppies of his own.” Since this wasn’t exactly practical, the Foundation discussed it with Caleb and decided on a Florida vacation. Caleb and his 10-year-old brother received VIP treatment on a trip to Disney World and Sea World in Orlando, Florida. He was taken to the airport by limo and given a “meet-and-greet” pass to meet Shamu the Killer Whale.

Meanwhile, mom-blogger and Maine-based author Jenn Hollowell and her mother-in-law Mary Moulton of Whitefield, Maine, read about the boy’s situation in their local paper, and launched a fund raising effort of their own. “My mother-in-law read the story,” Hollowell tells Babies Online, “and said to herself, ‘What about stuffed puppies?'”

Moulton followed this train of thought, and realized they could help by collecting stuffed puppies and then selling them to raise money to help defray the costs of Caleb’s medical care.

Hollowell said, “My mother-in-law called me up and said, ‘If anyone can help me organize this, you can!'”

Hollowell, a full-time blogger, freelance writer and work-at-home-mom of three, has a vast social network of other WAHMs, the perfect fit for a cause like Caleb’s.

Through her personal blog, Hollowell is collecting donations of stuffed puppies to sell to raise money for Caleb. You can also donate money directly to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for Caleb through Hollowell’s blog.

It just so happens that one of my daughter’s favorite toys is a Baby Einstein puppy that barks. No, I won’t make my five-month-old part with her favorite toy, but I’m currently scouring the Web for a new one that I can donate to Caleb’s cause. I might also be tempted to donate a stuffed version of what my husband calls “a proper dog,” “Stitch” from the Disney movie Lilo & Stitch.

So, I get to shop for stuffed toys, help an adorable little boy and make a small difference in the world. What could be better than that?

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