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Fund Story: Caleb's Cause

Caleb Brown was a loving son, a dedicated brother, an avid NASCAR fan, and a PlayStation enthusiast. He was also an excellent basketball player and bowler and was named Athlete of the Year by his peers playing for Decatur County's Special Olympics.

When Caleb passed away unexpectedly in March 2018, he left behind many friends, family members, and teammates whose lives had been touched by Caleb's big heart.

"His laid-back personality and shy grin made it easy for others to approach him," recalled his mother, Melissa Brown.

In the three short years, he participated in Special Olympics, Caleb and his entire family grew very fond of the other athletes and their families. They all spent a lot of time with one another at practices and games. In fact, Caleb enjoyed his last basketball game of the 2018 season the day before he entered Heaven's gates.

Because Special Olympics was an important part of Caleb's life, his family established the Caleb's Cause Fund. "It was a natural decision for our family and friends and the Special Olympics Board of Directors to reach out to the Decatur County Community Foundation to partner with us so that our enthusiasm for the Olympians could be carried into all the generations that follow," said Melissa. "Joining everyone -- our family, the Special Olympic athletes, and their families -- together to raise money for Special Olympics in Caleb's memory was a way to keep all of us working as one team. Between the Southern Indiana Dirt Drag Race for Caleb and the Caleb Brown memorial 5K the money raised in our community was astounding."

Proceeds from the Caleb's Cause Fund will benefit Special Olympics athletes and their families, helping them offset costs associated with Special Olympics programs. "Caleb's Cause is a heartfelt, encouraging way of bringing teamwork, family, and friends together in support of a program that continues to bless many lives in our county, state, and nation," said Melissa. "The Community Foundation will carry this cause into the future, long after we all have joined Caleb in Heaven."

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