Chad Carr's parents said he was destined to help the world.
On the anniversary of Carr's death from DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), his legacy has made a major step in that direction.
The ChadTough Foundation, created when then-four-year-old Chad was battling an inoperable brain tumor, announced today that it will be donating $1.5 million to the University of Michigan's Mott Children's Hospital to accelerate pediatric brain tumor research.
It's part of a plan to raise $30 million in Carr's name.
Carr died on Nov. 23, 2015 after battling the disease for 14 months and the family wanted the date to hold positive significance. Carr, the grandson of Michigan football Hall of Fame coach Lloyd Carr and Hall of Fame safety Tom Curtis, drew national attention in his fight and inspired numerous gestures in the sports world from teams at U-M and the school's football rivals at Michigan State and Ohio State.
"We have so many amazing, generous people in our lives who are committed to making a difference in Chad's name, and we're so glad that difference will happen at Mott," Chad's mother, Tammi Carr, said in a released statement.
The initial gift will go to the general brain tumor research initiative with the intent that eventually a researcher will be hired specifically for DIPG.
A few of the major donors: newly elected University of Michigan Regent Ron Weiser and Wayne and Shelly Jones of The Jones Family Foundation.
"We have come a long way in treating and curing many childhood cancers. But therapy advances over the last two decades have not been effective in fighting the most lethal type of pediatric brain tumor, DIPG," said Dr. Valerie Opipari, a pediatric oncologist and chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, in a released statement. "We are grateful for this generous gift from the ChadTough Foundation that will support research helping us develop entirely new ways of treating this devastating disease.”
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