We are a 501c3 charitable organization dedicated to assisting parents of a premature infant hospitalized in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Caiden's Hope Foundation would not exist without Caiden.
Our mission was founded in July of 2010 after learning of the many hardships his family endured following his premature birth. Caiden's family had many trials which were unfortunately exacerbated by fees associated with long distance travel and expensive hotel stays.
We're happy to report that Caiden and his family are now thriving.
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 1200+ NICU
families in every state.
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, Texas, The Woodlands, Texas and Ventura, California and strive to expand our reach across the nation in order to help as many families as possible.
Depending on the families needs we can offer many of the following:
Prepaid Gas Cards
Rail and Bus Tickets
Assistance with parking costs
Assistance with airfare
Assistance with lodging fees
Assistance with meal fees
"At 19 weeks pregnant we found out our soon to be baby boy had a severe heart defect. We also found out he would need heart surgery within a few days of being born. We live in Sioux City, Iowa and needed to be in and stay in Omaha, Nebraska until he recovered and could go home. He arrived earlier than expected at 35 weeks. We received the gift cards from you helping with the extra cost of travel that is very appreciated. We are grateful for your foundation and the support!
— A NICU Mom
It has been almost a year since our sweet Jade came into this world at only 30 weeks gestation. My water broke unexpectedly and this little girl was born by emergency c-section four days later. Navigating the NICU world is terrifying. Our home is one hour from the hospital so we stayed at the Ronald McDonald House and also with other family who graciously accommodated us. During our stay my husband still went to work daily, driving 2 hours a day, back and forth. Caiden's Hope sent us gift cards for gas without any hesitation.
— A NICU Mom
Are you a NICU parent or family member of a NICU parent and need assistance?