Caleb Joseph 10/18/04 – 2/25/07
From the moment he was born, Caleb Joseph became the love of my life. As soon as I laid my eyes on him, I thought he was the most beautiful baby I had ever seen. Everyone who met Caleb fell in love with him instantly. He had a twinkle in his eyes, the most infectious laugh, and an amazing smile that will never be forgotten. Caleb was curious about everything! He was energetic and loving and had a wonderful way about him.
Caleb could keep himself entertained for hours with his sheens (excavators), cardees (cars), and of course, Mr. Bear, his beloved stuffed animal. He loved puzzles and books and anything that had wheels on it. Watching him dance and sing to his favorite songs made everyone smile. Caleb started walking at 9 months and never looked back… it’s as if he knew he would only have a short time to enjoy this life we take for granted.
My sweet little Caleb was granted his angel wings on February 25th, 2007, only five days after being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends he had touched during his brief, yet very memorable life. With Caleb’s passing, I remind myself and others that his life is one to be celebrated. Although I miss him every day, I believe Caleb was only meant to be here for a short time. He was destined to help others, and I feel extremely blessed that he chose me to help carry out his legacy. Starting this foundation was my way of honoring Caleb’s memory and keeping his beautiful spirit alive. I know his legacy will live on forever through PENNIES FROM HEAVEN and the many families we have and will continue to help…
– Nichole Granville, Founder and Caleb’s Mommy
A Legacy of Love
Throughout the five days Caleb remained in the hospital, family and friends were also there providing support every step of the way. Not only were more than 25 people at the hospital non-stop, but many others took care of responsibilities that Caleb’s father and I had at home. The only thing we had to concentrate on was taking care of our sweet boy. It was comforting to know that we didn’t have to worry about anything else…
Although I was consumed with Caleb’s situation, it was heartbreaking for me to see other sick children alone in the hospital. Many had no parents, siblings or anyone else to support them during such a difficult time. I didn’t understand it at first. What could possibly be more important than being with your child when they needed you most? After speaking with some nurses, I realized that not every family was lucky enough to have extra support at home. Many families were struggling alone with the hectic responsibility of caring for other children, and having to go to work to provide for their family… all while tending to their critically ill child in the hospital. It’s a choice that no parent should ever have to make and it made me realize how lucky I was.
Unlike so many others, I didn’t have to worry about my job or my home because I had the most amazing support system taking care of everything. Watching my sweet Caleb slip away was devastating beyond belief, but I was at his side every single second. I was able to hold my little boy’s hand, read to him, and sing him all his favorite songs. I was able to tell Caleb how much I loved him and how grateful I was that he chose me to be his mommy. And I was right there holding Caleb in my arms as he took his last breath . I felt beyond blessed to be able to comfort my son as he left my world and began his new journey in heaven…
PENNIES FROM HEAVEN is dedicated to assisting families who have a critically ill child fighting for their life. We provide financial support so parents do not have to leave their sick child’s bedside. Our help comes by way of covering rent or mortgage payments, electric or medical bills, groceries, transportation and more. No parent should have to prioritize a payment or job before the care of their sick child.