Fundraiser for Kansas boy diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer

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A little Kansas boy is in the fight for his life. Now, the community is rallying to support him.

This May, Carter Roberts, was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer, known as diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma ("DIPG"). Carter’s dad, Brice, says DIPG is rare – about 200 to 400 cases in the United States annually -- and is located in a part of the brain stem called the pons. “The pons controls essential bodily functions (heartbeat, breathing, eye movement and balance),” his family shares online. “To put it bluntly, as far as childhood cancer goes, DIPG is one of the worst.

Brice said Carter likely has months to live, but he is taking experimental treatment.


Tuesday, the Chick-Fil-A Derby Marketplace is hosting a “Carter Tough” spirit day, where portions of proceeds of sales go to Carter’s family, said owner Nick White. The fundraiser is from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, at 1818 N. Rock Road.

Brice said the community support has been overwhelming, with people who just want his oldest son, now 6, to get better. Funds go to support Carter’s family while he gets treatment at an out-of-state facility. To follow more on Carter’s story, click here.

The family is also accepting donations. For more information, click here.

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