Caiden is the grandson and first grandchild of Ed and Terry Call of Ventura, California.
Ed and Wayne Keller had known each other and been close friends since the 8th grade in Copperas Cove, Texas. Ed was the best man at Wayne's wedding and Wayne was Ed's best man at his wedding. Over the years they have vacationed together, celebrated each other's kids' weddings, anniversaries and generally been great friends.
When Ed's oldest daughter Jennifer was expecting everyone was excited!
One day around 7 months pregnant, Jennifer wasn't feeling well and went home from work to take a nap. She told her roommate she didn't feel well but that a nap would solve everything. Her roommate wasn't so sure but didn't know what to do so she called her mother who happened to be the receptionist at Jennifer's doctor's office. She explained the situation to Jennifer's doctor and the doctor requested that Jennifer be examined immediately. Following her exam, Jennifer was admitted to the hospital where Caiden was born premature 5 days later 2 1/2 months early.
Caiden was immediately transferred 70 miles to Los Angeles' UCLA Medical Center by ambulance, his grandparents Ed & Terry driving behind.
After Caiden was stabilized, Ed was able to secure a hotel for three nights until Jennifer was allowed to travel. Once Jennifer arrived, she never left. She remained by Caiden's side for 2 1/2 months.
Everything that the family experienced during the next 2 1/2 months deeply touched Wayne and his wife Sharleen. Being 1500 miles away, they couldn't really provide any meaningful help, but felt that God was pushing them to do something. After 6 months of thought and prayer, they realized that God had been asking them to take on the task of providing for other NICU parents...
and Caiden's Hope Foundation was formed.
They set a goal for 2010 to help one family. They assisted 5. The next year they helped 17 and then 85 in their third year. Since 2010 Caiden's Hope Foundation has assisted more than 1300+ NICU
families in every state.
We are a 501c3 charitable organization dedicated to assisting parents of a premature infant hospitalized in the
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
We believe that parental care is essential to the development of premature infants.
Caiden's Hope strives to increase each NICU parent's ability to care personally for their precious newborn by partnering with hospital social services departments nationwide to provide travel expenses for NICU families.
Almost all of us know someone who has been or will be faced with a child undergoing a hospital stay outside of the comfort of their hometown. Many newborns admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of their birth hospital must be transported to the nearest specialty hospital, oftentimes many, many miles away.
Far from their sons and daughters, these families are faced with the devastatingly real possibility of not being able to be near their child, during their utmost time of need.
This is why we exist.
We are here to provide hope to families in need.
We are based in San Antonio, Conroe and College Station, Texas and in Ventura, California and strive to expand our reach across the nation in order to help as many families as possible.