Hometown: Orient, Ohio
Diagnosis: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
In November of 2013, Carter complained of a terrible headache and had a persistent fever. But unlike what happens in so many other cases, Carter was dealing with something much bigger than a virus.
Carter was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). He had a port inserted and began chemotherapy right away. He spent his 8th birthday, as well as Christmas, at Nationwide Children's hospital. He has spent numerous nights in the hospital for chemo and fevers.
Today, Carter has completed his initial treatment is now receiving maintenance treatments. He continues to take oral chemo daily, and has spinal taps and chemo through his port once a month. He is also on other medications. This will continue until February 2017.
Carter likes to play basketball and soccer, ride his bike and climb trees. His favorite teams are the Buckeyes and the Steelers. He recently learned to ski.
What does Nationwide Children's mean to Carter’s mom?
“In 2006, my daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor which required surgery and follow up for many years. We were blessed to have NCH so close and we were always grateful for the care she received. In early 2013, we brought our newly adopted daughter home from China. She was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate. We knew that we could provide her with excellent medical care because of NCH. Never did we ever imagine how much our family would come to rely on NCH even more so.
Later in 2013, Carter was diagnosed with leukemia. NCH has become our second home. The care that three of my children receive here is second to none. We have come to love the doctors, nurses, and support staff. They have become our family.