Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Asking Ally's Army for Prayers.....

Well this is certainly one post that I never thought I would have to write.  It has taken me quite some time to even gather the words in my mind and my heart to put this one on paper.  We received the devastating news that our best friend's son, Caulin Booher, has ALL leukemia.  Just. Like. Ally.  I am sure many, if not all, of you recognize the name from multiple blog entries.  Remember my Family of 13?  The two families who picked up all the slack for me when Ally was going through her intense chemotherapy.  That's the Boohers.  They helped me every step of the way.  Arranged meals, watched kids, PRAYED with us, they even sold the Ally's Army bracelets for us that many of you wore.  My Mom had just died and then with Ally's diagnosis...well my friends basically picked up all the pieces for me.  They live just a few doors away.

This is Caulin shaving his head for Ally. He did it without hesitation. The before...He is in green shirt.

 And after, in the back....

I have know Caulin since the day he was born.  Celebrated numerous holidays...vacations.. birthdays...first and last days of school....summer breaks...trips to the lake...you name it.  Jerad and I were saying he is about as close to us as our own child without being our child.  Heck my kids even call HIS grandparents...Grandma and Grandpa Booher.

I have no words for this one.  We are all shaken up.  I keep reminding myself that the statistic is that 3 out of every 100,000 kids get ALL.  How can this happen?  I think in my mind I still think it has to be a mistake.  You could fill OSU's stadium with kids...and only 3 would have it.  It cannot be a coincidence.

Caulin's Mom Suzanne asked me to forward on his blog information.  All that she keeps asking for is prayers for their boy.  She wants as many as she can get.  I know a lot of my cancer family and extended family still read this blog.  So please, please, please, I am begging my Army once again to pray for this boy that we love we much.  Prayers did wonderful things for Ally.  I am asking all of Ally's Army to now become Caulin's Army, or Caulin's Crew...or whatever they decide for his group to be.  And keep the faith.

We are all in this together.  Fighting childhood cancer.  We have to just continue to fight for those we love.  Fight for Caulin to go into remission.  Fight for Ally that she remain in remission.    And for all the other fighters out there...keep on!

Here is his caring bridge site (think you do need to set up a password)....


  1. It is just completely shocking. You are right...words are hard. Prayers continuously for Caulin, Ally, and your 2 families. I'm here to be of any help whatsoever...

    "The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit." (Ps. 34:18)

  2. What a sweet, sweet little guy. words cannot express it Janel, but you have our guaranteed prayers for Caulin and the Boohers.