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Letter to the editor: Cancer victim Caleb Spady's mom thanks Frank Anderson

Oklahoman Published: May 9, 2010
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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a letter to the editor from Kim Spady, the mother of Caleb Spady. Caleb lost his battle with cancer in July 2009 at the age of 11. Oklahoma State baseball coach Frank Anderson learned of Caleb from a Coaches vs. Cancer biography that Caleb had submitted. For the bio, Caleb told his mom to write, "I am going to kick this brain tumor in the rear, then I’ll play baseball for the Hinton Comets, then for the OSU Cowboys and then for the Texas Rangers. That’s all those people need to know about me.”

Just read your informative article regarding Coach Anderson and how his resources have been so limited while he’s been at OSU.

He’s not a whiner, that’s for sure.

Another thing he’s not is a self-promoter. He is so incredibly humble. He is an amazing man.

Our son, Caleb Spady, was an OSU baseball fan to the core. From the time he first picked up a ball and glove, Caleb was destined for the Cowboys. But, a brain tumor got in the way of that. Jenni Carlson wrote a couple of stories about Caleb.

But, what I wanted to tell you is what an incredible person Coach Anderson is.

Somehow, fairly quickly after Caleb’s diagnosis, Coach learned about him. Suddenly, packages from OSU baseball began appearing in our mailbox. There was never a note or an indication of who they were from. But they made our son’s days.

Caleb sent the team a photo of himself in his OSU gear and a thank you note, along with a bunch of "Pray for Caleb” orange & black wristbands. Soon, we began to notice Coach and most of the team wearing those wristbands during games. It made us all so excited to see that tribute to Caleb on the field!

Last year, after the Cowboys won the final game of the Bedlam series in OKC, Caleb had the chance to meet Coach Anderson and a few of the players. That solidified a relationship that has blessed our family beyond measure. Coach, even during the busiest times, took time to call Caleb or send him a gift.

Coach even asked his son, Brett, to get in on the action. Brett sent Caleb an incredible box of A’s stuff — including the baseball from his first MLB win.

After Caleb died on July 21, Coach continued to stay in contact with our family.

We met with him over Spring Break, and he told us he has decided to implement the only award given to an OSU baseball player in honor of Caleb.