Charlie's Crease

$ 20.00

Before his diagnosis, Charlie was dominating the crease for his high school’s varsity hockey team. Named accordingly, Charlie’s Crease illustrates his love for the sport.

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Charlie Capalbo

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Charlie Capalbo

Nearing the end of the Fairfield Ludlowe High School hockey season in March 2017, Charlie Capalbo, 19, was feeling tired. His shortness of breath led him to believe he might have mono, the flu, or tonsillitis.

“I was skating for two to three minutes and had to be on my hands and knees just to catch my breath,” he says. After nearly a month of unexplained symptoms and multiple doctors’ appointments, Charlie’s dad had to interrupt his X-Box game with news that would come to interrupt much more than that. A mass the size of a grapefruit had been discovered in his chest, a fast-growing cancer that would eventually be identified as Stage III non-Hodgkin T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma, a rare and aggressive form of leukemia.

“The nurses on the pediatric floor are totally special and amazing and I can’t say enough good things about them.”

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“The nurses on the pediatric floor are totally special and amazing and I can’t say enough good things about them.”

Charlie immediately began a 32 month course of treatment, including intensive chemotherapy, at Yale New Haven Hospital’s pediatric cancer center. His treatment has not been without complications, including long hospitals stays for pancreatitis, septic shock, and severe mouth sores.

“They put me on a Dilaudid pump for pain control, and when I’m on that my memory goes dark and I don’t remember anything. In a way, that’s a good thing.” His mom has a video of him on all fours with pain from the pancreatitis, although he can’t remember the experience. That hospital stay was his longest, at six weeks.

But there were a few good things that have emerged from this experience for Charlie – or rather, a few good people.

“I was skating for two to three minutes and had to be on my hands and knees just to catch my breath.”

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“I was skating for two to three minutes and had to be on my hands and knees just to catch my breath.”

“The nurses on the pediatric floor are totally special and amazing and I can’t say enough good things about them,” he says. “They work 12 hour shifts, sometimes they have 16 hour days. They come back the next day and it seems like they never left, and they’re the happiest people alive. Every single one.”

The nurses aren’t the only ones who have helped Charlie through this period. “I can’t even explain how many other people have supported me... I was bombarded with cards and letters and jerseys, and some of the nurses still say they’ve never seen a kid get so many visitors.”

In a few months, Charlie will enter the maintenance period of his treatment, when the chemotherapy sessions will spread out and become more manageable. Although doctors recommend he not go more than two hours away from the hospital, he is looking at a number of schools in the area to attend and start his college life as a normal 19-year-old. Until then, he’s incredibly grateful for the support he continues to receive.

“Whether or not I’m conscious, they’re always there. It’s great to know that.”

Before his diagnosis, Charlie was dominating the crease for his high school’s varsity hockey team. Named accordingly, Charlie’s Crease illustrates his love for the sport.

Profits are split evenly between helping other patients pay for medical expenses and resilience gives. Resilience gives reinvests proceeds to work with more patients.

Made in North Carolina, Charlie’s Crease socks are more athletic than the average sock, sporting arch support with cushioned toes and heels and moisture wicking technology.

Charlie’s Crease is in production and will ship by 12/19/17.

Why are there some products IN PRODUCTION OR FUNDRAISING?

Because we are making custom socks on-demand for each patient and their network, we use a fundraising period to determine how many socks to produce before investing in inventory. This allows us to keep this a free service for patients.