Monday, June 30, 2008
3 Year Old Alabama Boy Has Pool Named in His Honor
One year ago, a three-year-old Alabama boy was told he couldn't swim in a pool because he was H-I-V positive. Now that same little boy is getting a pool in Minnesota named in his honor.
One year ago, a three-year-old Alabama boy was told he couldn't swim in a pool because he was H-I-V positive. Now that same little boy is getting a pool in Minnesota named in his honor. Caleb Glover gained national attention after the owners of an Alabama campground said he couldn't shower or swim there because of his diagnosis. The story caught the attention of One Heartland in Willow River, a camp that specializes in working with kids who have HIV and AIDS. Organizers there say once they heard of Glover's story, they knew they had to do something... So they built a new pool and named it after him. Neil Willenson, CEO and Founder of One Heartland says, "We all know that you cannot get HIV from being a friend, from swimming, from a hug, from a kiss, and that's why Caleb's here, he's going to be our first swimmer today, introducing the new Viking pool!" Today, Caleb got to see the pool named in his honor and be the first one to take a dip. The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope made it possible for Caleb's Alabama family to attend. Caleb's mother, Syvia Glover says he keeps her smiling, "and he gives me a reason to get up every morning, and I love it. I wish everybody had a Caleb in their life, so I'm the lucky one!" We'll have more on Caleb's Minnesota Camp experience coming up tomorrow night.