The Miami Hurricanes released a special “birthday” video on Thursday for 8-year-old Carter Hucks, the Make-A-Wish youngster who spent time with the team last month as it was preparing for the Cincinnati game, and then again at the Virginia Tech game.
Carter underwent a bone marrow transplant Thursday in a South Carolina hospital, and was doing well, according to UM. He underwent chemotherapy treatments earlier this week.
Carter has Fanconi anema, a rare, inherited blood disorder that leads to bone marrow failure and prevents the bone marrow from making enough new blood cells for the body to work normally, according to the National Institutes of Health.
His favorite player is running back Duke Johnson, who was part of the Happy Birthday to You video along with cornerback Tracy Howard, linebacker Denzel Perryman, safety Dallas Crawford and receiver Phillip Dorsett.
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The Hurricanes, who were filmed singing after Wednesday’s practice, have grown close with Carter, staying in touch and sending him letters and cards while he was in the hospital the past week.
Carter’s mom, Jessie Hucks, has detailed some of his story in a blog, complete with photos and videos, at http://cartersblogzilla.blogspot.com/
Jessie and Carter’s dad Derrick counted Thursday as a birthday of sorts for Carter, on his way to recovery.