TOLEDO, OH. (THECOUNT) — Dameon Caldwell, who entered foster care when he was seven years old and moved around to different homes, but was never fully adopted, has passed away in hospice.

Caldwell was introduced to One Simple Wish in 2019.


One Simple Wish founder Danielle Gletow and her team would stop at nothing for 27-year-old Caldwell, who died in hospice after battling chronic heart failure.

“He had wanted to plan his own memorial and wanted it to be on his terms,” Gletow said. He wanted it to be a celebration, he didn’t want it to be this depressing funeral.”

Gletow described Caldwell as someone with a pure, genuine nature about him that shines through in everything he does.

He is just one of the approximate 25-30,000 foster care individuals in the country served by One Simple Wish.

Caldwell raised over $50,000 and was still accepting more donations up until the time of his death.

A portion of the donations will be used to fulfill a wish list for Caldwell. The rest will be out toward his memorial fund for LGBTQ+ youth in foster care, reported WTOL.

An outpouring of condolences rolled out on social media:


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