A former CPP client, 15 year-old Caylee Blosenski, recently starred in the Disney+ remake of “Cheaper by the Dozen” with Zack Braff and Gabrielle Union. A familiar favorite, this movie features a blended family in which Caylee’s spunky character is a middle child in the Baker family. The casting process of Caylee’s character required her to show off her skills in a wheelchair, but we know she’s even more talented than just that!
In 2018 when Caylee was 10 years old, her family used the Center’s advocacy services while she battled osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer. The Blosenski family was referred to the Center after their insurance denied coverage of a second opinion, and again after Caylee received an amputation and the insurance company denied her coverage for a prosthetic fitting by a professional specializing in treating children. The Center assisted Caylee’s mom, Weslee, in developing the advocacy tools needed to best support her daughter and family during an incredibly difficult time. A well-fitting prosthetic is important for all patients – and especially vital for a gymnast as talented as Caylee.
The benefits of advocacy and the work we do here at the Center is immeasurable. By providing the resources to families and clients, Caylee has been able to achieve so much since we first met her 5 years ago. Life-changing health events are not something anyone should have to go through alone. Advocacy gives clients the tools to navigate complicated issues like insurance denials in present situations and as they navigate the future as well. Caylee’s mom Wes now reflects on their advocacy with CPP: “Best to you and all you do so selflessly for others….it DOES make a difference !!!!!!!! Thank you for thinking of Caylee and celebrating her achieving her dreams! It has been a surreal journey … lots of times I’ve paused and just been so grateful… too many kids are not here because of stupid cancer. We/ she is lucky.”
We are so grateful to be able to offer support to clients like Caylee and to see their continued success.