We introduced you to little Caleb Sande in April of this year. The P.S. 10 first grader was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma, a rapidly growing form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, in February and required frequent blood transfusions throughout the course of his chemotherapy. There was hope that initial treatments were keeping Caleb’s cancer at bay, but it returned over the summer, and we’re sorry to report that the South Slope boy passed away on Tuesday, September 3.
He is survived by his parents, Ellen and Michael, and brother, Banjo.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, and although the family’s shiva was cut short due to Rosh Hashannah, Ellen says they will have an informal sitting on Sunday, September 8.
If you would like to honor the memory of our sweet neighbor, donations in the name of Caleb Mazal Hollander Sande, or Chaim Mazal ben Shulamit u’Michael, may be made to Chai Lifeline, a pediatric charity focused on improving the lives of children and their families facing both chronic and critical illness.
Our hearts go out to Caleb’s family and friends.
Photo via Ellen Hollander-Sande