Fam­ily con­tin­ues to pay ser­vice for­ward

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Ali­cia Sperry

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 chadsperry02@ya­hoo.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.

Carter Sperry

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