River Cities

Chad's tough but needs your prayers

ORANGE FOR CHAD: A group of area residents got together last week on the Circle in Miami Springs all dressed in orange to celebrate the fourth birthday of brain cancer victim Chad Carr, grandson of Gazette owners Tom and Debbie Curtis and son of Miami Springs High School grad Tammi Curtis Carr.
ORANGE FOR CHAD: A group of area residents got together last week on the Circle in Miami Springs all dressed in orange to celebrate the fourth birthday of brain cancer victim Chad Carr, grandson of Gazette owners Tom and Debbie Curtis and son of Miami Springs High School grad Tammi Curtis Carr. Gazette Photo/WALLY CLARK

This is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever written about. There are no words to define my feelings or those of my daughter or any member of our family.

Chad Carr is my 4-year-old grandson, the youngest of my daughter Tammi and her husband Jason’s three boys. Chad has an inoperable malignant tumor in his brain, discovered three days before his birthday, and he needs your help.

Tammi has set the course for a miracle to occur and prayer is the catalyst to make it happen. The outpouring of support here in the River Cities, in Ann Arbor, Mich., throughout the country, and even around the world has been amazing.

Social media abounds with #ChadTough and his cause has gone viral. Chad was the honorary captain of the Michigan football team on Saturday and the players and coaches wore “ChadTough” wristbands (prayer bands) at the game. Many of you have already prayed for Chad and we thank you for that — but more is needed.

As Tammi said on a recent Facebook post, “We now need prayers and it is my hope that this goes viral and millions fall in love with Chad and send him prayers. I want an army to pray for my little guy. I hope you will help spread his story and I believe a miracle can happen.”

The fight is on and will not stop until that tumor is gone. Tammi and Jason are getting the best medical advice from some of the best doctors in the world. Tammi worked at Michigan to raise money for the new Mott Children’s Hospital and now, ironically, needs their service.

Chad got his first dose of radiation on Monday and will continue that regimen five days a week. Every medical and non-medical option is being explored and praying for a full recovery for Chad can only help.

Chad was a healthy younger brother to CJ Carr and Tommy Carr early last week. A fall in the family room caused a broken nose and a trip to urgent care. The next day, during a routine MRI for a concussion, the tumor was discovered and as Tammi said at the time, “Our lives were changed forever.”

Never one to let grass grow under her feet, Tammi immediately got busy on social media and calling upon friends from her many years at the University of Michigan. All were asked to pray for Chad and the response was overwhelming. Not just the football team, which had ties to me and former coach Lloyd Carr, but all around campus, the state and the country.

FoxNews.com published a story (Michigan mom turns to prayer and social media for miracle to save her son) on Saturday and there was a live report when Chad had a “port” put in his chest the day before. Not even Tammi could have predicted the number of people praying for Chad.

I am humbled by the many people in this community who have taken the time to not only pray for a little boy they don’t know but to dress in orange for him. The Facebook offerings that have come to my family over the last week will not be forgotten.

The University of Michigan has set up a fund for Chad Carr and anyone wishing to help can go to http://victors.us/chadtoughfund.

Also, ChadTough prayer bands can be purchased at www.mden.com. Or if you stop by the River Cities Gazette office at 53 Curtiss Pkwy. starting next Monday, when I return from visiting Chad, I will be happy to give you one.

Thanks to all of you who have already prayed for Chad and in advance for those just learning about this story. Please keep those prayers going for a tough little boy named Chad.

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