You know how sometimes in life you go through a bad moment,
and when your friends hear about it later, they say, "Why
didn't you say something? Why didn't you ask? We would have
Very briefly, here's their story.
Caleb Moore, 12, injured his head in a bicycle crash in
November, 2012, as he cruised along Hermistonís Fourth
Street. The boyís BMX-style bike suddenly broke where the
front forks meet the head tube and he landed on his chin,
breaking his jaw and shaking his brain. The bike helmet he
wore may have prevented even worse damage, however, a year
later, he still loses his balance and suffers from
headaches, light sensitivity, irritability and double
vision. To keep his brain calm, he wears glasses with blue
lenses and his mom painted his bedroom blue. He has trouble
remembering. His parents and siblings divide their time
between home and Portlandís Ronald McDonald House as Caleb
undergoes surgery, testing and therapy. The Hermiston boy
spent more than a month with his jaw wired shut, sipping
chicken broth and smoothies through a straw.
Worst of all, he is losing his sight. Though his eyes
work fine, the part of the brain controlling vision
Because of their numerous trips to Portland for treatment,
Tom and Rachel Moore moved their children to the Echo School
District because of its four-day-a-week schedule. Their
budget is strained due to Thom being between jobs at the
time of the accident. The Oregon Health Plan pays for
Calebís care, though potentially not some of the expensive
therapy, meals and gasoline.
On behalf of the staff and board of directors of The
Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon (BIAOR), we are asking for
your help by donating funds,
gas cards or
other items such as
plane tickets for the family to take Caleb to Johns Hopkins.
Donations are tax deductible (Federal ID# 93-0900797).
If you can, please make a donation at: http://www.biaoregon.org/donation.htm.
All donors will receive a donation letter and will be
acknowledged in the BIAOR newsletter and on the website if
Second, please spread the
word about this appeal by sharing this message with friends
and colleagues and join us in helping or Caleb.
Your contribution will allow Caleb and his family to
continue with his needed therapies.