Ashley Deborchgrave $50.00
Leslie Behm $100.00
Caleb Sandoval Spirit of Ability Award
The Spirit of Ability is driving force behind the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) entire mission. For over 50 years, RCPD has focused on supporting students and celebrating the exceptional growth that can happen for Spartans with disabilities.
On March 13, 2022, the university lost a champion in the Spirit of Ability when Caleb Sandoval passed away unexpectedly due to an unforeseen health condition. He began his MSU experience as a student with a significant visual disability, became energized by the mission of accessible education, grew from his networks and what he learned and ultimately returned to MSU as an Ability Access Specialist at the RCPD. His work and care for others was profound and emphasized the way a Spirit of Ability can improve the world for all. The RCPD is honoring Caleb by inducting him into our Spirit of Ability Award while establishing an endowment in his name to further the work of the RCPD.
Caleb was a proud Spartan, a loving husband, and an incredible father. He dedicated his life and his work to forward the interests of persons with disabilities. Caleb was a fun, supportive, and loyal friend. He had an energy, smile, and enthusiasm for life that truly set him apart. His welcoming presence was always felt and appreciated by those around him. He treated everyone he met with respect and was never too busy to be there for a fellow Spartan in need.
We add this fund to our existing Spirit of Ability awards commemorating the empowering heritage of founders who saw beyond an individual’s disabilities. These founders opened higher education opportunities to people whose disabilities were commonly perceived to preclude excellence. Caleb was passionate about maximizing ability through opportunity and his spirit and energy will carry on through the work of this community.
In Caleb’s memory, the Spirit of Ability Award will continue the MSU tradition of creating vibrant environments that welcome, fortify, and compassionately challenge each person to reach their fullest ability.
Help us memorialize Caleb’s impact with a gift to this endowed fund. Awards from this endowment will continue on in perpetuity and carry forward the legacy of excellence that Caleb embodied every day.
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East Lansing, MI 48824
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