By GEORGE KUNKE
Caleb Doyle, a 15-year-old Raymond HS student who was seriously burned Feb. 6 when a gas canister exploded near him, was released from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle last Monday (March 25) and is recuperating at home.
“Caleb is doing good, but he has a long road ahead of him,” his mother, Chrissy Doyle, told the Herald Monday morning. “He will be starting his physical therapy today. His legs are weak and his spirits are a lot better since he’s home. It’s really hard for him to walk and he gets tired really easy. He was in the hospital for almost fifty days.”
While at Harborview, Caleb underwent three surgeries and he may have to undergo more. He received second and third degree burns on about 30 percent of his body. “We really don’t know at this point,” Chrissy said. “It depends on the scar tissue. We don’t know for sure.”
Mrs. Doyle once again thanked the community for the outpouring of support (both emotionally and financially) that the family has received through fundraisers, well wishes and prayers.
“We really appreciate everything that everyone has done for Caleb,” she said. “We couldn’t be doing it without our town supporting us.”
The support for Caleb continues this Saturday with a 5K run/walk and silent auction at the Carriage Museum/Public Market where a silent auction will be held from 9 a.m. – noon, and the 5K run/walk commencing at 10. Caleb will make an effort to attend the event. “He will be at the finish line,” Chrissy said.
There will be free refreshments for participants and face painting for the kids that attend this community event. An account has been established at the Bank of the Pacific for all donations and funds received, which will be directly distributed to Caleb’s family following the event. If you cannot participate in the 5K, you can still attend the silent auction.
Caleb was severely burned over 30 percent of his body while helping a neighbor with yard work. Any monetary donations or donations of items that can assist in our fundraising would be greatly appreciated.
Some of the silent auction items include a prom package valued at $450; a sailing tour on the Lady Washington with tickets valued at $120 each; a driver’s education class valued at $360; a King 5 News VIP tour for up to 12 people; several gift certificates and theme baskets from local businesses including restaurants, massage therapists, stylists, etc.
An account for Doyle has been established at all Security State Bank locations, including Raymond, South Bend, Grayland, Pe Ell, Chehalis and Centralia.
For more information on Caleb, please go to the Get Well Caleb Doyle Facebook page.