In November of 2008, I was diagnosed with lung cancer. When I was told I had cancer my whole life changed in that split second. Having no idea what the future held for me I was profoundly sad and very scared. I wanted nothing more than to curl up on the couch and sulk. Then I heard about my little cousin, Carter Kettner. The first time I met Carter was the day he left on his first trip to St. Jude’s. Carter was sitting in the back seat of his family’s car.
He looked at me and said “Hi! I’m Carter! and I’m going on a private jet!” His sweet voice and smile touched my heart. I often say “he had me at hello.”
After meeting Carter my whole outlook and life changed. There were many moments when I cried for Carter and what he and his family were going through and also selfishly for me. But then I would be with Carter. He would tell me one of his famous knock knock jokes or give me a kiss on the lips and it would put a smile on my face. Carter unknowingly got me through some very dark days and gave me the courage to fight.
I fell in love with Carter. And through him I met many wonderful people. People that I have continued to have relationships with and blessed that they are a part of my life and I call friends. It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of this wonderful organization and having the opportunity to give back in Carter’s memory.
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