The NASCAR community is in mourning Monday following the death of 11-year-old racing fan Caleb Hammond, who weeks before had issued a call for racing stickers to cover his casket.
Earlier this summer, Hammond and his family accepted a difficult realization: Cancer treatments weren’t working anymore. So Caleb left the hospital where he had been receiving treatments for his two-year battle with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia and returned to his home in Oskaloosa, Iowa, to live the rest of his life away from painful procedures, and to spend time with his family.
He had a request that has reverberated across NASCAR and social media: He wanted to gather as many racing stickers as possible to cover his casket.
NASCAR drivers and teams answered the call, and took to social media Monday to offer their condolences to the Hammond family.
We offer ours, too.
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) September 10, 2018
— Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) September 10, 2018
Hurts my heart to see this. As a father, I can’t imagine. Praying for the Hammond family today. https://t.co/ISzEYs9Wh6
— Aric Almirola (@Aric_Almirola) September 10, 2018
I was lucky enough to meet Caleb Hammond @oskychanllenge in early August. What the racing community did for & with Caleb the last month was amazing. Thoughts and prayers to his family & friends. #teamcaleb #calebstrong #RIP pic.twitter.com/viYWSbUtiH
— Kasey Kahne (@kaseykahne) September 10, 2018
So sad to hear this. RIP Caleb https://t.co/ajFILfUQrq
— William Byron (@WilliamByron) September 10, 2018
— Michael McDowell (@Mc_Driver) September 10, 2018
— Matt Tifft (@matt_tifft) September 10, 2018
— Jeremy Clements (@JClements51) September 10, 2018