12 Bands/12 Kids: Caleb Murray

Published: Sep. 28, 2017 at 9:19 PM EDT
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That’s Caleb Murray there on the bass. When he was 11, he was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer, Euwings Sarcoma.

The family decided to stay in Augusta for treatment for the support friends and family and church would bring. There was chemo, and long stretches in the hospital. Caleb remembers when he lost his hair.

“I was sittin’ up in my bed, I had my legs over the side. I remember I reached up and pulled a ton of hair out. I just held it in my hand and said, well that is it.”

That was also his first experience with 12 Bands. Joe Stevenson stopped by the hospital to play some music for the young patients there, and Caleb was quick to join in.

It was music and much more for a family suddenly trying to pay the mortgage and the medical bills on one salary.

Cause it was a tough time. I mean, you've got this diagnosis of your child with a serious disease, and then you've got all this financial stress on top of it. It's traumatic. It's overwhelming. And we are just thankful for 12 Bands that they stepped up and helped out like they could,” said Keith Murray, Caleb’s dad.

It's been 5 years now, cancer free.

After going through what he went through, it gave him a launch in understanding how precious life is. I'm glad he has taken the bull by the horns, that something good has come out of this."

Something good, like this duet with dad. Something they could hardly even imagine when Caleb was 11.