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A Financial Appeal

Hello friends,

In the midst of what will surely be additional updates on Joshua’s condition, we wanted to mention the following. The Casteel Family’s financial burdens have significantly increased since Joshua’s diagnosis. As friends of Joshua and his family we are asking those who feel led to consider making a financial gift to help cover their bills so they can focus on caring for Joshua. By way of rough example, $25 contributes to the fresh organic produce necessary to help Joshua keep a healthy juice diet; $100 covers a hotel room for Joshua’s weekly visits to Chicago to teach his class at Columbia College. A donation in any amount would help defray the mounting medical bills not covered by insurance.

Many of you are already contributing with your time and prayers, and we are all beyond grateful. This site is also equipped with a link to sign up to bring a meal, along with a Google Group link where you can sign up to receive emails detailing specific ways to help dispatch other concerns. But especially for those loved-ones who are not physically present, this site is equipped with a link to make a donation using PayPal if you’d like to join with us in giving financially.

Donations can also be mailed directly to Kristi at:

Casteel Family
285 34th Street SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Thank you so much for your support in any and all forms. It is a joy to be a part of such a loving group of people.


Joseph Clair and Chad Nicholson

If you would like to join the mailing list Joshua’s family uses to request help on errands, and other practical services, please click on the “GoogleGroups” link above.  You will be prompted to send an email requesting to be added to the mailing list.


*** A quick word of update (December 29, 2011) ***

The Casteels have received much tangible love and support from you all in the last few weeks, and for that we are extremely grateful. The needs remain great, but it has been so encouraging to see such sacrificial giving from so many of you. Thank you so much for your generosity!

In response to some questions we have received: All of the donated funds are deposited into a separate account bearing a tax ID for the Joshua Casteel Benefit Account. However, it is impossible to register that entity as a tax-exempt organization, meaning donations are not tax-deductible to the party donating. They are still received by the Casteels as a tax-free gift.

Thank you again!

Joseph and Chad

February 27, 2012 - 5:35 PM

Jeffrey J Weiss of Catholic Peace Ministry - God Bless the Casteel family we are waiting for some positive results of the PET Scan and we are part of ‘Team Joshua’

God Bless all of you and so glad Joshua is in the classroom and we look forward to seeing you soon

March 14, 2012 - 11:17 PM

Julianne - Is there any way that the worship event on the 24th could be videotaped and shared with Joshua’s adoring public? love, Julianne

April 2, 2012 - 11:07 AM

Jeffrey J Weiss - Joshua your words on Saturday night oriented my return back in time for 3rd stage Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and a year on a spiritual journey – Thank you for that gift — We are brothers and — Your students are blessed with your person and I’ll forge ahead with mine here in IA — No goodbyes — Jeffrey

April 10, 2012 - 7:22 AM

Helen Schwietert - Let me know if you want me to go to WHole FOods for you when in Chicago. i am going May 12 for a few days.

May 11, 2012 - 9:31 AM

Erika Latchis - Joshua, Kristi and all Casteels,

Thinking of you with love and prayers, especially today,

Erika and Ken

June 13, 2012 - 2:10 PM

Madeleine Wells Goldburt - Ahlan wa Sahlan ya Josh!

I recently looked you up on Facebook and found out about your condition. I wanted to wish you the best of luck with your new regimen and tell you about an exciting place that I believe can help many of us. I’m currently at the Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach Florida for a long-standing health condition. The program is excellent and works on multiple levels – nutritional, spiritual, and physical. I hope you’ll check it out. Please let me know if you or your family have any questions!

I wish you lots of love and blessings in your healing process,

Madeleine (from Middlebury) مادلين

August 20, 2012 - 1:17 PM

Catholic Peace Fellowship - Continued prayers for you and your family Joshua.

In Christ’s Peace,
Shawn and all with the Catholic Peace Fellowship

August 22, 2012 - 9:32 AM

Eli - Blessings and Love Joshua. WE are praying for you.

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