PROCEEDS from a 5K-walk/run fundraiser held on Sept. 8 to help kids like Blake Carpenter, a Jackson County boy, who is living with a brain tumor, will go to help fund a cure and to support affected families. Carpenter, 14, of Pendergrass, was diagnosed with Craniopharyngioma, a tumor on his pituitary gland when he was four years old. Since his diagnosis, Blake has undergone several surgeries and numerous chemotherapy treatments. His tumor, which is inoperable, consists of reoccurring cysts and fluid on his brain. So far, treatments have been successful.
He has currently undergone 12 surgeries to date to drain cysts that continue to grow and put pressure on his brain stem, cranial nerves, etc., which cause him to have headaches, nausea, and vomiting. As well as draining the cysts, his surgeons have placed reservoirs in two different cysts to help with draining them.
Now 14, Blake is “like every other 14-year-old,” says his mother, Amy. “He is a wonderful big brother to (his siblings). He loves to play the drums, basketball, fish, hunt, and ride his bike. Blake is a fun-loving, compassionate, and well-rounded young man who loves life.”
The last 10 years have been a roller coaster of emotions and uncertainty for the family, however, said Amy.
“When your child is sick with a life threatening illness it is very difficult and at times devastating. There
Blake Carpenter, right, sits with his sister Jessie, center, and brother Bailey, left, in their Jackson County home. Photo by Katie Cofer
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