CHATFIELD – One thing is for sure: Caleb Eddy has influenced many people in the eight years of his life. He was remembered as a kind and thoughtful boy – someone who gave out his bingo prizes and made sure the kids at the hospital got gifts for Christmas.
Caleb died after a two-year battle with leukemia on July 29, 2016.
His mother, Crystal, decided that the best way to honor Caleb was to help others. This idea resulted in the creation of the Caleb Eide Memorial Foundation, which raises money to support families going through difficult times and meet the needs of the community.
The first golf tournament was hosted just two months after Caleb’s death, accidentally during September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
On Saturday, September 3, 2022, the institution hosted the seventh annual Caleb Eddy golf tournament. Eddie’s family has always played golf, so Caleb naturally got involved in the sport.
“Caleb loved golf a lot,” Crystal said. “It’s one of the outlets we had when we were in and out of the hospital. Since he had a weak immune system, he couldn’t really be around to meet people. So this was one thing outdoors that we could enjoy together, and he spent a lot of time in the work. “
Saturday began with a cycle between children and adults, in which a child is paired with an adult and alternate games. The Best Four Shots Championship began a few hours later, and more than 100 golfers attended to play. More than 65 silent auction items have been opened for bidding as well.
In all, Crystal said the event typically raises more than $25,000, which is used to fulfill the foundation’s mission of supporting families in difficulty.
“We just want these other families to know that there are other people out there who really care and support them in some way,” Crystal said. “And I hope they don’t feel lonely.”
The Foundation also hosts a Bean Bag “Birthday Bash” around Caleb’s Spring Birthday and offers scholarships to seniors at Chatfield and Lansboro High School. It all comes down to the support of the communities that cared so much about Crystal and her family.
“The people have been so supportive. The community has been amazing after all these years, and they keep supporting us and thinking about it and just supporting what our mission is all about,” Crystal said.
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