New Location for this Weekend’s EMPACT Series Benefit

EMPACT Series Benefit (Everyone’s Music Politics Art and Community Throwdown!) A Memorial Day Weekend benefit for the Joshua Casteel Foundation Saturday, May 25th, 8pm @ Multi-Kulti, 1000 N. Milwaukee, 4th floor ::::: Featuring: Al Scorch and the Country Soul Ensemble http://www.alscorch.com/ Four Star Brass Band New Orleans style brass band http://www.fourstarbrassband.com/ ALSO ::: TIM ZAWADA spinning […]

Happy Mother’s Day

Because Josh would have been the first to say it, we have the most wonderful Mom!  It is our mom that is now picking up Josh’s legacy of peace and leading us. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! As it is, we remember all Mothers this weekend who choose to take that radical stand against injustice and […]

Memorial Day Benefit: IVAW Chicago

EMPACT Series Benefit (Everyone’s Music Politics Art and Community Throwdown!) A Memorial Day Weekend benefit for the Joshua Casteel Foundation Saturday, May 25th, 8pm @ The Ribcage, 3036 N. Lincoln Avenue, 3rd Floor ::::: Featuring: Al Scorch and the Country Soul Ensemble http://www.alscorch.com/ Four Star Brass Band New Orleans style brass band http://www.fourstarbrassband.com/ featuring Veterans Art! […]

Request

Hi all – I just found out that in order to get the plaque created in time for the ceremony on the 18th that I will need to get the names, etc. to the printer by tomorrow. If any of you have sent donations or are planning to send a donation could you please email […]

The Joshua Casteel House: There is Still Time!

Since the time is upon us to begin work on the plaque for the Joshua Casteel House which will include the names of those of you who have donated for it’s new beginning and given so much to Joshua and our family, I wanted to write a reminder to those who want to be a […]

Burn Pits – Important Testimony

A number of articles have been written recently about the testimony of Dr. Stephen Coughlin, a former senior Epidemiologist at the VA. According to Coughlin, the VA has a history of purposefully skewing data and manipulating study results. Importantly, there is data to suggest a linkage between environmental toxins (i.e. burn pits) and illnesses suffered […]

New Beginnings

Reposted from CaringBridge: I feel a great deal of ambivalence as I write for the last time on CaringBridge because it was the place where so much love connected us all to you and you to us as a family. And of course it was a time when Joshua was still with us. So there’s […]

Divinity School Memorial Service

You are cordially invited to gather at the University of Chicago Divinity School, to mourn the loss and celebrate the memory of: Joshua Eric Casteel 1979-2012 Friday, November 9th Memorial Service at 5:00 pm Swift Hall, University of Chicago 1025 E 85th St, Chicago, IL 60637 Third Floor A reception with Joshua’s friends, family, and […]

St. Marcellus Award

I thought I would post the invitation to the St. Marcellus Award recognition event and the mass and dinner held in Joshua’s and my honor coming up soon at Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. if there are any of you who would like to attend. I know timing may be an issue for many […]

Joshua’s Eulogy

Joshua Eric Casteel All Saints Catholic Church 8 September 2012 –This is the culmination of Joshua Casteel’s earthly journey, right now as we have gathered for his Funeral Mass. It is here that we all are plunged into the mystery of our Savior’s death and resurrection as we mourn the death of a man so […]

Finding Peace

Hello Everyone, I know it is late and although I’ve been battling headaches again and I should be sleeping, I just felt unsettled enough that I didn’t think I’d be able to sleep anyways so decided to update those of you who may still check out this site about a few inspiring things that have […]

Memorial Service Details

Friday September, 7, 2012: Wake and Visitation: Cedar Memorial Funeral Home Chapel (near the flower shop), 4200 First Ave, NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 4:00 – 7:00 pm (Wake 4 – 4:30) Saturday September 8, 2012: Memorial Service: All Saints Catholic Church, 720 29th Street SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 10:00 a.m. Luncheon and celebration […]

No More Pain

Yesterday Joshua went home to meet his Heavenly father and to embrace again his earthly father. We miss him with all of our hearts and every ounce of our beings. We cling to the promise that we will see him again. His body is healed and for that we rejoice. When we finalize plans for […]

Bedside Photo

Still smiling through it all! We love you, Joshua and the Casteel family. - Chad

Prayers for Joshua

[Reposted from CaringBridge] I’m writing this with a very heavy heart as this may be our final plea for prayer for God’s healing for Joshua.  As you know he was in the hospital for 10 days with Pancreatitis and came home still filled with the 22lbs. of fluid they pumped into him.  He was not […]

Brief Update

I wanted to post a short update to this long-dormant site, for those of you who might not be following on CaringBridge or Facebook. Joshua has checked back into the ER in New York. His condition has taken a step back in the last few days. I know that he and his family would cherish […]

Chemo and Radiation

Hi – this will be a quick update but I did want to let you know that Joshua started a chemotherapy regimen on Friday and today he begins another 14 day course of radiation on two spots on his spine. We are praying that the radiation provides some pain relief. For the last 8 weeks […]

A Quick Switcheroo!

Hopefully this doesn’t cause too many problems, but we’re going to switch back to Caring Bridge temporarily. The updates come out quite a bit faster (I don’t usually get my updates til the following day on this website), and with Josh’s current condition it is nice to know people are getting the info/prayer request/etc. soon […]

thank you

I just want to say thank you to those of you who have recently written in response to Joshua’s latest battle with pain and now his surgery. I’m reminded of Moses in the scriptures who had his arms held up to keep blessing and victory flowing to the Israellites, but I think we are being […]

Week’s Lesson…Stay Flexible!!!

Well, this am. I got a call from Dr. Seigal’s office letting us know that Joshua’s surgery time has been changed again. (I heard Dr. Seigal is very very busy and if I were him I’d rather be out to dinner with my wife than in the operating room anyday). So the new time is […]