Sept. 27, 2014
Story courtesy of UMHS
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Chad Carr, grandson of former University of Michigan head football coach Lloyd Carr, has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He has been named honorary captain for today's Michigan football game against Minnesota and is expected to join the other captains at midfield for the pregame coin toss, along with his family.
This week, his family has been inundated with support via social media and questions about how to help. Along with asking for prayers, the Carr family is encouraging people to support pediatric brain cancer research through a wrist bracelet/prayer band sale.
The #ChadTough prayer bands are available today at M-Den locations in Ann Arbor, including locations in the Big House, and online at mden.com. The $3 charge go will go to support The Chad Tough Fund for pediatric brain cancer research at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.
Online donations also can be made at victors.us/chadtoughfund to benefit pediatric brain tumor research at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.
Childhood cancer is the leading cause of disease-related death among children and adolescents (ages 1 to 19 years) in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute. Progress in cures and treatments is dependent on funding for research.
The bracelets are orange, which is Chad's favorite color, and feature the words "Pray for a Miracle" and #ChadTough. The Carrs ask that people wear them as a daily reminder to pray for Chad.
Chad celebrated his fourth birthday Friday in a room at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, in the pediatric cancer unit that is named for his grandfather, Lloyd Carr.
Chad was recently diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma or DIPG, a type of pediatric brain tumor.
Chad's dad, Jason Carr, is a former U-M quarterback and his mother, Tammi Curtis Carr, was key among the U-M development team that raised money to build the new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. Chad has two brothers who are seven and nine years old.
About the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital: Since 1903, the University of Michigan has led the way in providing comprehensive, specialized health care for children. From leading-edge heart surgery that's performed in the womb to complete emergency care that's there when you need it, families from all over come to the U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital for our pediatric expertise.
For more information, go to www.mottchildren.org.