On April 15, California Correctional Center (CCC) Associate Warden D. J. Renauld received the news that his nine-year-old son, Caleb, was diagnosed with a tumor in his upper abdomen. The family physician recommended to D.J. and his wife that they expedite the surgery to remove the tumor. Doctors worked closely with St. Jude’s Hospital in Tennessee, and at first it was believed Caleb would travel to St. Jude’s for his surgery. After hearing about this difficult time for the family, staff at the CCC, High Desert State Prison, and 18 fire camps rose to the occasion and organized donation cans, raffles, and a bake sale to raise money for travel. Overall, $12,383 was raised to help the family.
Fortunately, as it turned out, there was no need for Caleb and his family to travel across country. On April 21, Caleb’s tumor was successfully removed at the UC Davis Medical Facility in Sacramento and was determined to be non-cancerous. The money raised will go to help pay medical costs. We all wish Caleb a speedy recovery.