When a charity offered to fly four-year-old cancer sufferer Chad from Michigan to the Florida coast, doctors said he was too ill. So the charity brought the beach to him instead.
On Thursday, the directors of Wigs And Wishes, a New Jersey-based charity, transformed young Chad’s garden in Ann Arbor, Michigan, into a beach.
It had everything a real beach should have, including sand, 6,000 seashells, a hot tub, bubble machines and beach toys. When Chad saw it, he couldn’t contain his delight. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Chad Carr, four, beams in his mother’s arms as he sees his backyard beach.
When he saw the improvised beach in his home’s back yard, an excited Chad told his mom:
This is the best day ever!
In September 2014, Chad was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) — a rare brain cancer near the top of the spinal cord. Treatments are unreliable and most sufferers are given a life expectancy of nine to 12 months.
Chad is currently on a heavy prescription of steroids and is struggling to walk.
2. The little boy from Ann Arbor, Michigan, was too ill with a brain tumor to travel to the coast.
However, a day at the beach brought some relief to him, as well as to his mom Tammi Curtis Carr. She told Fox News, which was filming the event:
Seeing Chad’s reaction was just everything to me. It combines all of his favorite things — sand, shells, a hot tub and even bubbles. For me to hear Chad say, “It’s the best day ever” means everything.
Wigs And Wishes founder Martino Cartier said his charity, which he established to make dreams come true for the terminally ill, was delighted by the challenge to bring the beach to Chad’s house. He told Fox:
We got his wish that he wanted to go to Sanibel Island, the island with more shells than any other island in America. We were going to plan the trip for him but he wasn’t able to fly.
3. A charity brought a hot tub, sand and 6,000 shells to the child’s backyard because he couldn’t fly.
Cartier’s solution worked out well, and the weather cooperated, so the boy and his friends played in the sunshine all afternoon.
Chad is now beginning to take an experimental drug, which is giving his family new hope and his walking is improving. His mother told Fox:
We’ve known that we wanted to do something to create good out of this horrible situation, and we want Chad to be a part of creating the cure for DIPG down the road.
The funding for pediatric brain tumors is pathetic honestly and we have to be a part of making that change.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay the expenses of Chad’s treatment.
4. A boy fighting brain tumor has “best day ever”.
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