Re­search is Chad Carr’s

The Detroit News - - Front Page - BY CHARLES E. RAMIREZ The Detroit News

Chad Carr, whose fa­tal bat­tle with brain can­cer made head­lines and cap­tured hearts around the world, has helped re­searchers look­ing for a cure for his con­di­tion make a sig­nif­i­cant discovery.

By study­ing Chad’s brain tu­mor, pe­di­a­tri­cians, neu­ro­sur­geons and pathol­o­gists with the Univer­sity of Michi­gan’s Pe­di­atric Brain Tu­mor Re­search Ini­tia­tive were able to iden­tify a mu­ta­tion of a gene called PTEN and its crit­i­cal role in the de­vel­op­ment of dif­fuse in­trin­sic pon­tine gliomas, or DIPG, which are ag­gres­sive tu­mors.

Chad, the grand­son of for­mer Univer­sity of Michi­gan foot­ball coach Lloyd Carr, died from DIPG in 2015 — 14 months af­ter he was di­ag­nosed. Chad’s fam­ily do­nated his tu­mor tis­sue to re­search.

“It’s amaz­ing news,” said Tammi Carr, Chad’s mother, on Thurs­day. “To know that they found some­thing that’s go­ing to im­pact re­search down the road, it gives more mean­ing to what we did and to Chad’s short life.”

On Thurs­day, re­searchers re­leased


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