Saving Karter-Fight Against Cancer

$85,006 of $100k goal

Raised by 975 people in 8 months
Laurie Strand
on behalf of Diane Smith
 NORTH PALM BEACH, FL
Hi my name is Karter I am 2 ½ years old. On June 30th, 2016 I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma cancer.

My daddy and mommy are Karl and Laurie Strand. I have the greatest little brother, Maverick, he is 11 months old. He is my best friend. My mommy and daddy brought me home from the hospital when I was 3 months old and adopted me. They have given me the best life and the biggest family to love me. Our village.


Although I am too little to read or write, my Aunt Jenny and Aunt Kiki (Kerianne) helped me write this message to you.

My favorite things to do are spending time with all my family and friends, playing in the water, going to the beach, boogie boarding with my daddy, singing and dancing with mommy, going to Publix on Saturday mornings with daddy, playing with cars and trucks with my Maverick and waiting for big garbage truck that stops by every few days.

A week ago my mommy took me to the doctor because I wasn’t feeling well. I was throwing up, had a fever and my tummy hurt so they thought it was just the flu. They ran some tests but when they felt my tummy it seemed that my spleen was enlarged. So they ran a few more tests including one for mono but it all came back negative. After all the tests were negative, they thought it would be best that they take me to the hospital.

We went to the emergency room at St. Mary's Children's Hospital on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016. They immediately did an ultrasound and told my mommy and daddy they saw a mass on my kidney and we would be staying the night. Those words were scary to them.

That night they ran a CT Scan and they transferred me to a new room. As we were walking through the halls, my parents didn’t even realize I was being admitted to a room in the Oncology Unit. They walked right passed the sign not realizing a thing.

The next morning, the Oncologist came in and told my mommy and daddy that the CT Scan came back and saw that my adrenal gland, renal vein were also being affected. They ordered an MRI for later that day. The MRI was a long process. It showed my left iliac bone was also showing spots. I now needed a bone scan and my bone marrow tested.

The next day, the bone scan confirmed the cancer has spread to my iliac, humerus and femur bones, the tumor is wrapped around my adrenal gland and surrounding vessels. The bone marrow tests came back positive. It was confirmed I had Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. One of the rarest childhood cancers.

My mommy and daddy are utterly devastated. I’m not sure what’s going on but I know they are sad. They are scared. My village has not left my side. They are all so sad.

Later that day my family had a meeting with all the doctors. They said, I have 4 months or less to live without treatment. However, with treatment I have a 60% chance of beating this. But the treatment plan is scary, intense and a long process.

I need at least 14 months of treatment. 18 weeks of chemotherapy, constant blood transfusions, radiation, bone marrow stem cell transplant, antibody therapies and a surgery to remove the tumor. The cancer is everywhere so they have to localize it before removing the tumor. You know it’s just bigger then the size of a golf ball! That will break something if you throw it. Mommy doesn’t like when I throw things.

The chemo treatments have to be in the hospital. I'm there for a whole week. Then I get to go home for 2 weeks. I have numerous doctor appointments during that time and pray I don’t get sick. If I do, I have to come back to the hospital. So I will probably be in the hospital longer than I'm home. The nurses there really try and make me smile. Then when I have the bone marrow stem cell transplant and radiation, I will be in Miami Children's Hospital for a couple months.

Hopefully during those two weeks I'm at home between treatments, I can play, I can go to the beach to smell the ocean even just for a few minutes, (maybe sneak a quick ride on the boggie board) I can go to my Nina’s to play and even sometimes my Aunt Jenny’s to swim. But I can’t be around any sniffles or I could end up in the hospital. So we have to be super super clean.

On Friday, July 1st, I started my first chemo treatment. This starts week one, day 1 of many. So far have had 3 treatments and I feel OK! I have not thrown up and have still been able to eat a little. I hope this continues. Yesterday, I had my first blood transfusion so I have a little bit more energy today.

I know it will be tough on me but most of all I’m worried about my mommy and daddy. I hope they can still smile through this, I need them to smile, I hope they can be strong because I don’t know what’s going on, and need them to be okay.

I write this to ask for help to keep them strong. Please pray for me that I can fight this, please love on my parents, give them a shoulder to cry on, tell them jokes to make them smile, call them so they know you are there. They might not answer, but they need to know they are loved too. There will be times I won’t be able to smile or laugh, so I need you to help me keep them happy because I need them. More than ever.

The last thing, I want my mommy and daddy to know is how blessed I am they opened their hearts for me and brought me home on March 24th, 2014. I love them so much.

Love, Karter

----This is My mommy, daddy, me and little brother Maverick---

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Please, please help Karter and the Strand Family in this time of need! 

The road ahead for the them is unimaginable. Any donation, even the smallest, would be greatly appreciated and will help Karter in his upcoming battles to beat his cancer.

Karter is a sweet, amazing little boy and the Strands are wonderful parents and deserve all the support they can get. 

In addition to financial support, they will need an unlimited supply of Lysol wipes, Lysol Spray, BabyGanics Sunscreen, SPF Shirts, Hats and most of all prayers. Tell your church and put him on the prayer list.

Oh and NO Flowers. The pollen that flowers have can cause hospitalization.  So smell the flowers for him but you can’t bring them.

He does LOVE mail to brighten his spirits.  Do you kids love to color and want to make a card? He would love to see the love!

Karter Strand 
PO Box 14044
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Please follow our journey on Facebook. www.facebook.com/SavingKarter
Or Instagram #SavingKarter

Thank you for your support, love and prayers!

Love
Aunt Jenny (Jenny Garland)
Aunt Kiki (Kerianne Riley)
Nina (Diane Smith) Laurie's mother
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Update 11
Posted by Laurie Strand
1 month ago
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We will be heading back down to Miami on Monday for Karters next phase of treatment. His second high dose chemotherapy with stem cell transplant, 4 looooong weeks. He was originally scheduled to be admitted on the 6th however, due to his severe case of mucositis on the first transplant they wanted to put him on medication that should help prevent and or significantly reduce the mouth sores this time. This medicine, Palifermin, had to be appealed through his insurance 3 times so thats ultimately what pushed Karters schedule back. We are definitely not looking forward to putting him through hell again but are looking forward to getting it over with.

We have really enjoyed being home over the past month and (as nerve racking as it was) being able to finally celebrate the holidays with our families. Unfortunately, because of Karters lack of immune system we have not been able to spend any amount of our time with our families like we normally would.

Additionally, Karter is semi excited to go back because of all the presents he got during the first round . Obviously he is a 3 year old and doesn't understand that it was because of Christmas and there were a LOT of wonderful people that provided toys with the toy drives for the kids.

So in an effort to keep his visit bright and merry if anyone is able to send something small, like stickers, activities, arts and crafts, games etc. anything to help keep him occupied and his spirits up that would be absolutely wonderful. It would sure put a smile on his face!

We really really appreciate the constant prayers and good vibes from our Village. You all are and have been amazing throughout. Karter's treatment is surely not done yet but one step closer to the end of this terrible road.

With love,
Karl and Laurie

Karter Strand
PO Box 14044
North Palm Beach, FL 33408
No buddy is better than a brother
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Update 10
Posted by Laurie Strand
7 months ago
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We had an awesome week home! Karter finally got to play in the sand and get salt in his skin! We took a drive through Lion Country Safari, played lots with our cousins, ate lots of popsicles and most important my boys were baptized. Knowing God is with all of us makes us whole.

We are now back in the hospital on a scheduled visit. He is having new scans to make sure we're on the right treatment plan.

We had a hearing test yesterday as this next round of chemo could effect his hearing. He is currently under anesthesia having an MRI, bone marrow aspiration and biopsy this morning. Tomorrow he will have a MIBG scan.

His 3rd cycle of chemo officially starts on Wednesday. So we should be heading back home Sunday.

Today, more than ever, we need prayers that treatment is working and that Karters body is responding to this rigorous process. That he is bigger and stronger than this disease.
Karl and Laurie
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Update 9
Posted by Laurie Strand
7 months ago
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Today we are extremely blessed. Reverend Ron Hilliard, with First Presbyterian Church, baptized Karter, Maverick and Karl today. We have not felt more whole in faith, in family and with God. Ron you are a true blessing to our life. It was extra special to have our family by our side. Today was a great day.
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Update 8
Posted by Laurie Strand
7 months ago
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UPDATE: Yesterday was a very long day. Karter was admitted to the PICU and couldnt eat for 8 hours because of the sedation require to placed the central line in his groin. That procedure was suppose to take place around 6 p.m. however, didnt happen until 10 p.m. It took an hour and he ended up sleeping through the night.

He woke up starving this morning and we found out he still was unable to eat because of the sedation required during the stem
cell collection. Do you know how hard it is to explain to your 2 year old he cannot eat for over a 24 hour period.

Part of the procedure requires him to have a blood transfusion in conjunction with the stem cell collection. And the stem cell collection was very successful. We just got the call that they were able to collect double the amount of stem cells they were aiming for. And we will be heading home later tonight!
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Margret Tanner
8 months ago

My heart goes out to you and your family as I have been there, on the bright side my daughter was diagnosed with neuroblastoma stage 4, right before her frist birthday, she just celebrated her 27 Keep strong little one and kick cancers ass

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Joel Carney
8 months ago

Please contact me and we'll do custom SPF shirts for Karter and his family. Joel @papakwans.com

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Connie Cruz
8 months ago

Have you heard of the Make A Wish foundation? It's for children who have life threatening illnesses. I'm a volunteer and wish granter for them. It's an amazing organization!! Please message me if you want/need more info about Make A Wish and what we do!! Your little man is adorable and you are a strong village!! Keeping you guys in my prayers.

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Joel Carney
8 months ago

Also please let me know Karter's interests and we'll make sure he gets an ample supply with his favorite interest. His size and family's sizes as well.

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Julie Ruppert Hinson
8 months ago
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Your village is huge and loves you very much!!!

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Summer Germann
8 months ago
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7

Is there a physical address where I can send Karter a Brave Gown? www.bravegowns.com

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Shaun Jackson
8 months ago
5
5

We are overwhelmed with gratitude to all of you who have donated to help Karter in his fight. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the gifts you have given large or small.

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Kimberly Ricci
8 months ago
4
4

My sister had stage 4 cancer Non hodgkins lymphphoma she's 24 years good! Carter is at the perfect age to be aggressively treated quickly! That age & size responds better to treatment. Keep your faith! Xo

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Daniela Daniela
8 months ago
4
4

HELLO, I found Karter;s story very randomly on my facebook. I am very touched about your case and I would love to make a donation and ask my guardian Angel (dad) to help you heal and soon!! all of my love to you!!

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Josie Grass
8 months ago
4
4

I am so sorry that your family is going through this. Being a mother of 5 children I can't even begin to imagine the pain karters parents are feeling. That story literally brought tears to my eyes and I was crying at the end. I will be keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. The lord is wonderful and miracles do happen! I watched a 12 yr old girl beat leukemia and she had a 20% chance of living. Prayer works and I will add your family to the church prayer list! Again from the bottom of my heart I'm so very sorry.

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Emma Helene
8 months ago
3
3

My family couldn't be more thankful for the outpouring of love and support that Karter has received. There are no words to express our gratitude. God is SO good. All we ask is that you continue to pray for our little man as he kicks cancers ass. If you feel it in your heart to donate, please do... no amount is too small. From my family to yours - Thank you, thank you, thank you. YOUR VILLAGE LOVES YOU KARTER!!

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Katie Gill Sager
8 months ago
3
3

Publix has Lysol spray buy 1, get 1 free right now....for anyone thinking of sending supplies! I am so moved by all of the generosity and support! Keep up the amazing job everyone!!!

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Cathy Sinopoli- Schmidt
8 months ago
3
3

Love ya Karter you are an amazing little boy and have a lot of love around you!!!! Xoxo

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Emma Helene
8 months ago
2
2

So thankful that our little man is at home in his bed for the first time in over a week. Thankful Mav has his big brother back to play with and thankful mommy & daddy have their own bed again too. Keep Kicking Ass Karter Strand!! - Love Aunt Em

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Marcia Kimpland
8 months ago
2
2

Is there an address where the above noted supplies can be sent?

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Julie Foxworth Sobeck
8 months ago
2
2

I will keep you all in my prayers everyday! This is heartbreaking

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Susan Honigfeld Pelosi
8 months ago
1
1

Your story has touch the very core of my soul! I was happy to hear that my O+blood is what little Karter can use, I hope it helps. I will share his story with the hope others will help in anyway they can ❤️

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Catherine Snow
8 months ago
1
1

God bless Karter and his whole family. I will keep you all in my prayers.

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Jin Aji Firefly
8 months ago
1
1

I will be praying for you . Everyday !!! God will heal you . Nothing is impossible to God . Hugs

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Julie Hickman
8 months ago
1
1

I am so glad he got to go home. Love this little man with my whole heart. I wouldn't pause for a either, but I saw a smile. I'm sure Charlotte is estatic to see her BFF! Hugs and love! Julie

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$85,006 of $100k goal

Raised by 975 people in 8 months
Created July 3, 2016
Laurie Strand  
on behalf of Diane Smith
AG
$20
Angela Giustino
10 hours ago

I'm a friend of Justis St. John's mom Ellen. While I can not attend his premier of "En Transit" a benefit event for Karter, I send this contribution with lots of prayers for Karter to get better with each new day!

$100
Anonymous
1 month ago
LJ
$25
Lisa Jefferson
1 month ago
BS
$200
Bill Svec
1 month ago
1
1
KM
$50
Kathy McNeil
1 month ago

I will continue to keep you in my prayers

$100
Carol Coad
1 month ago

Hi. I'm Karters cousin. In fact I'm his oldest cousin on his Great Grandmother Helene Ruppert side of the family. Karter is going back for more treatment and every $$$ given helps this family. We thank you for your support. Cousin Carol.

LP
$100
Lorena Pardo
1 month ago
JD
$50
Janet Doyle
1 month ago
GT
$25
Gerald Toney
1 month ago
BA
$50
Brittany Adamson
1 month ago
Margret Tanner
8 months ago

My heart goes out to you and your family as I have been there, on the bright side my daughter was diagnosed with neuroblastoma stage 4, right before her frist birthday, she just celebrated her 27 Keep strong little one and kick cancers ass

+ Read More
Joel Carney
8 months ago

Please contact me and we'll do custom SPF shirts for Karter and his family. Joel @papakwans.com

+ Read More
Connie Cruz
8 months ago

Have you heard of the Make A Wish foundation? It's for children who have life threatening illnesses. I'm a volunteer and wish granter for them. It's an amazing organization!! Please message me if you want/need more info about Make A Wish and what we do!! Your little man is adorable and you are a strong village!! Keeping you guys in my prayers.

+ Read More
Joel Carney
8 months ago

Also please let me know Karter's interests and we'll make sure he gets an ample supply with his favorite interest. His size and family's sizes as well.

+ Read More
Julie Ruppert Hinson
8 months ago
8
8

Your village is huge and loves you very much!!!

+ Read More
Summer Germann
8 months ago
7
7

Is there a physical address where I can send Karter a Brave Gown? www.bravegowns.com

+ Read More
Shaun Jackson
8 months ago
5
5

We are overwhelmed with gratitude to all of you who have donated to help Karter in his fight. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the gifts you have given large or small.

+ Read More
Kimberly Ricci
8 months ago
4
4

My sister had stage 4 cancer Non hodgkins lymphphoma she's 24 years good! Carter is at the perfect age to be aggressively treated quickly! That age & size responds better to treatment. Keep your faith! Xo

+ Read More
Daniela Daniela
8 months ago
4
4

HELLO, I found Karter;s story very randomly on my facebook. I am very touched about your case and I would love to make a donation and ask my guardian Angel (dad) to help you heal and soon!! all of my love to you!!

+ Read More
Josie Grass
8 months ago
4
4

I am so sorry that your family is going through this. Being a mother of 5 children I can't even begin to imagine the pain karters parents are feeling. That story literally brought tears to my eyes and I was crying at the end. I will be keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. The lord is wonderful and miracles do happen! I watched a 12 yr old girl beat leukemia and she had a 20% chance of living. Prayer works and I will add your family to the church prayer list! Again from the bottom of my heart I'm so very sorry.

+ Read More
Emma Helene
8 months ago
3
3

My family couldn't be more thankful for the outpouring of love and support that Karter has received. There are no words to express our gratitude. God is SO good. All we ask is that you continue to pray for our little man as he kicks cancers ass. If you feel it in your heart to donate, please do... no amount is too small. From my family to yours - Thank you, thank you, thank you. YOUR VILLAGE LOVES YOU KARTER!!

+ Read More
Katie Gill Sager
8 months ago
3
3

Publix has Lysol spray buy 1, get 1 free right now....for anyone thinking of sending supplies! I am so moved by all of the generosity and support! Keep up the amazing job everyone!!!

+ Read More
Cathy Sinopoli- Schmidt
8 months ago
3
3

Love ya Karter you are an amazing little boy and have a lot of love around you!!!! Xoxo

+ Read More
Emma Helene
8 months ago
2
2

So thankful that our little man is at home in his bed for the first time in over a week. Thankful Mav has his big brother back to play with and thankful mommy & daddy have their own bed again too. Keep Kicking Ass Karter Strand!! - Love Aunt Em

+ Read More
Marcia Kimpland
8 months ago
2
2

Is there an address where the above noted supplies can be sent?

+ Read More
Julie Foxworth Sobeck
8 months ago
2
2

I will keep you all in my prayers everyday! This is heartbreaking

+ Read More
Susan Honigfeld Pelosi
8 months ago
1
1

Your story has touch the very core of my soul! I was happy to hear that my O+blood is what little Karter can use, I hope it helps. I will share his story with the hope others will help in anyway they can ❤️

+ Read More
Catherine Snow
8 months ago
1
1

God bless Karter and his whole family. I will keep you all in my prayers.

+ Read More
Jin Aji Firefly
8 months ago
1
1

I will be praying for you . Everyday !!! God will heal you . Nothing is impossible to God . Hugs

+ Read More
Julie Hickman
8 months ago
1
1

I am so glad he got to go home. Love this little man with my whole heart. I wouldn't pause for a either, but I saw a smile. I'm sure Charlotte is estatic to see her BFF! Hugs and love! Julie

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