Ray Loveless family counts their blessings this holiday season

Image: Kaleb Loveless — Kaleb enjoyed playing soccer this Fall.

Kaleb Loveless — Kaleb enjoyed playing soccer this Fall.

The holidays are a wonderful time for reflection and counting our blessings. During this time of year the Ray Loveless family remembers the miracle that touched their lives in 2005. That’s the year Ray and Barbara’s grandson, Kaleb Loveless, was diagnosed with a nueroblastoma at the tender age of nine months old.

After approximately seven months of treatment, that included chemo and two surgeries, Kaleb was declared cancer free.

Four years later Kaleb is an active 5 year old enjoying his first year of school as a Kindergartner. He loves everything other children his age enjoy and shows minimal signs of his previous ordeal. He does lift his shirt from time-to-time to show off his scar, but even that is fading.

The Loveless family is grateful for all the love and support they received during their journey. They also recognize that without the help of others who had given to cancer research in the past, Kaleb’s story might have had a very different ending.

This holiday season family members are selling the cookbook Kaleb’s Team created for the 2008 Relay for Life. The recipes are in honor or memory of someone who has had cancer. Many of the honorees are, or have been, residents of Italy.

The cookbooks make a great gift and the proceeds will be donated to Dallas Children’s Medical Center to assist other children and families who find themselves in a similar situation. They can be purchased online at www.cooking4kaleb.com or in Italy at Ellis County Water Supply or The Magic Mirror.

Visit the website to learn more about Kaleb’s story or to see sample pages from the cookbook. There’s also a guestbook to leave Kaleb a message of support.