Why our Family Supports CureSearch
Paula Carter

It's been 20 years and I still never drive by a hospital or oncology clinic without reflecting on what is happening inside.  Families like ours are calling this place "home" if they have a child battling cancer.  It may have been months, or even years since they have participated in any "normal" family activities.

For us, the regiment was usually a full week of hospitalization with three weeks in between.  We did this for a total of three years as our youngest son battled a rare form of bone cancer.  His hospitalizations included chemo treatments, radiation, and several surgeries.  He once spent 30 days in ICU after a leg amputation.  In all, he accumulated nine months of hospital life during that three-year battle. The hospitals became our homes away from home and other families with similar experiences became our family.  We were thankful for them and for the physicians, nurses, Child Life Specialists, and for CureSearch - an organization that seemed to anticipate our every need. 

During his battle, our son Scott amassed a huge collection of autographed sports memorabilia and when asked by Make a Wish what his wish would be, he asked them to build him a truck so he could take his collection on the road to raise money for cancer research.  While our local MAW was unable to fulfill this sort of dream, as a family we tried to make this wish come true.

A trucking company donated a truck and an engineering firm provided the rendering.  But even with this kind of support and financing, we knew that a nation-wide tour was not within our realm of do-able projects.  Instead, we decided to look for a way to showcase the memorabilia while raising money doing something we "knew" how to do - hosting a golf tournament.

Today, Scott's sports memorabilia is on display at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, FL and we continue to host a golf tournament locally.  To date, we have raised almost $2 million  for research and yet, the cure is still as illusive as it was almost 20 years ago.

While we desire to promote awareness and want to give back to our local hospital and those who provided for our son, we also realize that if we are to ever fulfill Scott's dream of finding a cure for every child, we need to join forces with others and to broaden the scope of the research we support.  This is why we give to and through CureSearch for Children's Cancer.

CureSearch is connected to every cancer kid's local hospital.  Their newly formed Scientific Advisory Council of leading pediatric oncology physicians and researchers represent many of the Children's Oncology Group member hospitals participating in collaborative clinical trials and conducting research that will eventually fulfill our son's wish.  We recognize that although our ability to raise funds has increased each and every year, we cannot keep up with the needs that are also ever increasing in the field of research.  We must all work together to secure ongoing funding for this important research.

Like many who read this, we lost our battle with this horrible disease.  Our son's dying wish is what drives us to continue to "research the research" and to join forces with others who are like minded to fund projects that have "cure" as a goal.  We appreciate CureSearch for introducing us to many such opportunities and encourage other parents, relatives, friends and colleagues to join us in the battle until there is a cure for every child.

For more information on the Scott Carter Foundation go to - www.scottcarterfoundation.org

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Christine Bork
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