Meet Carter - Carter is a fun-loving 5-year old boy who likes Ninja Turtles,trampolines, and dirt bikes. He’s not crazy about chocolate, and gets really annoyed when his little sister, Cami, messes up his stuff. He loves spending time in the crisp, clean mountain air at his grandparent’s cabin in Steamboat, and he has a passion for learning to read. In short, he’s your typical 5-year old, full of wonder, curiosity, and innocence.
But unlike most 5-year olds, Carter must spend many long hours in doctor’s offices and at Children’s Hospital undergoing painful procedures and exhaustive testing as a result of being diagnosed with a serious illness in November 2014. His immune system is so compromised that he is no longer able to attend school with his friends; the risk too great, of catching a common cold or virus, that for Carter, could easily become life threatening. Isolated at home, he relies on Face time via his ipad to be a part of his classroom. His wonderful teacher, Mrs. Peterson, makes daily visits to Carter to help him with schoolwork and reading, but he misses being with his friends. Through all of these challenges his spirit remains unbroken, his smile is contagious, and his courage is an inspiration to all who know him.
His parents, Chad and Laura, were devastated with Carter’s diagnosis and have spent countless hours with doctors, and other medical professionals learning about Carter’s illness and potential treatments. The biggest issue is that they don't have answers, and with no answers treatment is being denied by insurance. Despite a good job and health insurance they have been overwhelmed with medical bills, which now total over $175,000 with no end in sight.
If Carter’s story has touched your heart, as it has ours, we welcome and encourage you to join us in making Carter’s Cause a significant positive difference in this family’s life.