Family continues to pay service forward
pictures taken, videos Our son Carter was 9 years old when he recorded, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. surprise visitors He had 10 surgeries in four months, and trips worked daily to rehabilitate paralysis on paid in full. his left side caused from removing the tumor, Those things and battled through two months with didn’t take meningitis. He continued on to deal with away the a blood clot in his neck, pushed through heartbreak 33 sessions of un-sedated radiation and and sadness endured months of chemo. He never complained of watching and he never gave up during his our son suffer 11-month battle. Carter showed people through how to be brave and how to be kind even treatment or when your life is hard. On Aug. 4, 2016, knowing he Carter passed away peacefully in our arms would eventually at the age of 10 years old. die, but
Looking back, we know that our family it eased our pain and touched our hearts. could not have gotten through such hard Because we know heartache, we also time in our life without the love, kindness know what an impact even the smallest act and service from others. There was not a of kindness can make. We know we cannot day that went by that we did not receive pay everyone back, but we can pay it some sort of act of kindness - a text, a forward. We cannot think of a better way Facebook message, a meal, a package on to honor Carter and keep his memory alive our door, money, a letter in the mail, an then to help other kids fighting cancer here activity or opportunity for our family to in Utah. We also hope to raise awareness make memories or a hug from a friend. for childhood cancer and inspire others to There were fundraisers, ward prayers, serve. So far we have been able to create quilts made, gifts for our kids, paintings, and donate 50 therapy bags to Primary Children’s Hospital to help kids rehab the financial strains of treatment for families. effects caused by brain tumors. We are in We may not be able to change the world the works of creating bags to make treatment and cure cancer, but we can help change more bearable for kids undergoing the world for someone fighting cancer. cancer treatment. Another future project Please join the “Team Carter” Facebook will be collecting items for a prize drawing page or email email@example.com for a 5K to raise money to ease the if you would like to help.
Pictured above is an example of one of the therapy bags being put together by the Sperrys, whose son died earlier this year at the age of 10 after being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.