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Kaleb Dahlgren: Crossroads - My Story of Tragedy and Resilience as a Humboldt Bronco

Thursday, July 20, 2023

The Jeff Heggie Show #45
Kaleb Dahlgren - Crossroads


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Kaleb Dahlgren beats the odds.

Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of four, Kaleb was told by coaches and scouts that he would never succeed in hockey. Instead of defeat, Kaleb used the negativity as motivation. He worked relentlessly and played the highest level of hockey each year of his career. His own struggles inspired him to create the program Dahlgren’s Diabeauties. This mentorship program sheds light on Type 1 Diabetes and provides physical, mental, and emotional support for children living with the disorder.

After losing 16 members of his Humboldt Broncos family and surviving the tragic crash, he continued to give back and help the community of Humboldt heal. Kaleb was recognized and received the Canadian Volunteer Award for Emerging Leader of the Prairies in 2018 due to his relentless community work.

Despite living with a severe traumatic brain injury from the Humboldt Broncos crash that has left numerous neurologists and doctors speechless - Kaleb has enjoyed the grind.

Graduating from York University with a Commerce Degree and being named the Most Outstanding Male Graduate for Varsity Athletics - along with York University Class of 2021 Valedictorian Speech, 2021 Charles Saundercook Memorial Resilience Trophy, and the 2022 Top 30 Under 30 Changemakers designation, Kaleb is forging his next path as a Doctor of Chiropractic student and International Keynote Speaker. Today, Kaleb is a #1 National Bestselling Author with his recent memoir Crossroads - and is an inspiring community leader who just received the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal for Saskatchewan, a mental wellness advocate, and diabetes advocate.

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In this new episode of The Jeff Heggie Show, Jeff sits down with Kaleb Dahlgren, a survivor of the tragic 2018 Humboldt Broncos bus crash that claimed sixteen lives and left thirteen others injured. Kaleb shares his remarkable journey of resilience and hope, as detailed in his book "Crossroads."

Kaleb shares his experiences during his time with the Broncos, a junior hockey team in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. He reflects on the life-changing accident, the unprecedented loss he faced, and how he summoned his positivity and grit to navigate life after such a terrible tragedy.

Beyond the crash, the conversation touches on the immense support and love that poured in from across Canada and around the world. Millions of people displayed solidarity by leaving hockey sticks by their front doors, and people from over eighty countries generously contributed to support the affected families.

They discuss Kaleb's life before Humboldt, where he bravely battled type 1 diabetes from a young age and how he used that to give back and create hope for other young kids dealing with the disease. They also talk about the important causes that Kaleb supports today.

Kaleb Dahlgren's story is not just about surviving a devastating event; it's a testament to perseverance, hope, and embracing life with unwavering determination. 

"Focus on the things you can control"


The Instant #1 National Bestseller

On April 6, 2018, sixteen people died and thirteen others were injured when a bus taking the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team to a playoff game collided with a transport truck at a rural intersection in Saskatchewan. The tragedy moved millions of people to leave hockey sticks by their front doors to show sympathy and support for the Broncos. And people from more than eighty countries pledged millions of dollars to families that had been directly affected by the accident.

Crossroads is the story of Kaleb Dahlgren, a young man who survived the bus crash and faced life after the accident with positivity and grit. In this chronicle of his time with the Broncos and in the loving community of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Dahlgren takes a hard look at his experience of unprecedented loss yet also revels in the overwhelming response and outpouring of love from across Canada and around the world. But this book also goes much deeper, revealing the adversity Dahlgren faced long before his time in Humboldt and his inspiring journey since the accident. From a childhood spent learning to live with type 1 diabetes, to a remarkable recovery from severe brain trauma that astounded medical professionals, Dahlgren documents a life of perseverance, gratitude and hope in the wake of enormous obstacles and life-altering tragedy.

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