On the day of his grandson’s angelversary, Lloyd Carr sat in studio at Sports Talk 1050 WTKA and gave thanks.
“I want to thank all of those people who supported us, cared about our family, and this little boy,” he said. “Thank you, you’ve made our journey a lot easier.”
Carr was in studio to talk about the ChadTough Foundation’s $1.5 million commitment to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital as a collaborative effort to accelerate pediatric brain tumor research at the University of Michigan.
“We’re going to beat this someday,” he said of Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). “I won’t be here, but there’s going to be some people who are going to be so lucky that when they take their child and he’s diagnosed and she’s diagnosed, there’s going to be something they can do.
“And a lot of that is going to come back here to the University of Michigan. We’re so fortunate to have this hospital and this university and people who are dedicated to dealing with problems like this.”
It was 26 months ago that Chad Carr‘s diagnosis became public and that outpouring of support began. Parents Tammi and Jason set out to make every single day special for Chad, picking up national support along the way.
“They did that for over 400 days,” said Lloyd Carr. “But the day he was diagnosed, almost immediately we began radiation treatments. We got all excited because the tumor was 90-percent destroyed. So we had great hope.
“But what we found is that tumor … that DIPG tumor is a vicious killer and if you don’t kill it all, it’s going to come back and it’s going to be the killer.”
“We are motivated – I am motivated – to prioritize my life going forward to try to make sure that at some point we have a cure. That’s what this is all about.”