Carter’s mom describes her fifteen-year-old son as, “….the most delightful and loving boy.”  More than anything, Carter loved spending time with his family and friends. Carter’s smile would light up his world and his favorite spot was the patio in his backyard where he could bask in the sun, hear the cardinals, and see the butterflies. But he especially enjoyed playing with his younger sister, Emily, (who was his biggest fan) and playing America’s favorite pastime – baseball.  Carter played for the Miracle League of Central Minnesota, their motto is – “Every kid deserves to play baseball” and this special kid had a remarkable friend – Kyle.  Kyle doesn’t have any disabilities and he is able to run, bat and catch and he did them all for his best friend, Carter.  He joined Carter’s sister at every game from the time Carter was five years old to this year, when Carter was 15.  They would bat for him, push his wheelchair around the field or to the bases and Carter would be in his happiest place!  What an incredible friendship and what a wonderful sister.   Sadly, after a lifelong battle with Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, Carter passed away this Fall. His final moments were spent surrounded by family and friends, and they made sure that he felt their love as he faced his journey from this life to the next. Carter didn’t survive to experience a wish so we provided our Memorial financial gift to help his grieving family in this time of extreme heartache. His mother decided that the Memorial funds should go to the Miracle League of Minnesota and mom poignantly wrote, “We are so blessed to have this wish to help other kids do what Carter loved – play baseball outside!”  We hope this grant will do just that….and we also hope that it provides comfort to Carter’s family knowing that his legacy will live on helping others play the sport he cherished.

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