CARTER SAMUEL MARTIN
EXPERIMENTAL THERAPY RESEARCH FUND
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WHO IS CARTER MARTIN?
Carter Martin loved God, Georgia Tech, Providence Christian Academy, his dog Comet, and his family and friends.
He excelled in art, sports and academics and thrived on competition. He also had cancer - Ewing's Sarcoma - and endured a 20-month battle with the disease, which left him with one leg and a hole in his head.
Despite 14 cycles of protocol chemotherapy and additional experimental forms of therapy, Carter relapsed and passed away on Sept. 12, 2004. He was just shy of his eighth birthday.
THE EXPERIMENTAL THERAPY RESEARCH FUND
Scientific discovery and advances have helped to improve the cure rates of many childhood cancers from a 20 percent chance of survival in the 1960s to more than 75 percent today. This progress is the result of experimental therapies (clinical trials) conducted at cancer centers worldwide. The study of experimental therapy is children means using well-known, proven cancer-fighting agents and giving them new combinations and using them in new ways in hopes that it will lead to better outcomes.
With the support of the Carter Samuel Martin Experimental Therapy Research Fund, physicians at the AFLAC Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Services of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta are committed to finding a cure for children with cancer.
HOW GLAVINE GOT INVOLVED
The Glavine family came to know Carter through their mutual friends, the Hennessey Family, whose son Will was also battling Ewing's Sarcoma. (Will is currently in remission). In May 2003, when Carter was scheduled to have rotationplasty surgery, Tom signed baseballs for he and his brother Candler and had them fed-exed so they would arrive the day before the surgery.
In 2004, following Tom's New York taxi accident, Carter and Will returned the favor by autographing a baseball to send to him, along with their get well wishes. Tom has the ball in his trophy case, alongside his awards and autographed memorabilia from the likes of Cal Ripken, Yogi Berra and Joe DiMaggio.
CARTER MARTIN CLASSIC
For the past five years, Carter's family has held the Carter Martin Classic, with all proceeds benefiting the Carter Martin Fund. The event raised over $377,000 in the first four years.
The 2008 classic, held December 5 at Providence Christian Academy in Lilburn, Ga., raised $110,000 for the fund. Tom Glavine once again signed autographs at the event. For more information, visit the Carter Martin Classic Web Site.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
AFLAC Cancer Center's Carter Martin Fund Web Site
Donate To Carter Martin Fund (select "Carter Martin Experimental Therapy Research Fund" from the Gift Designation drop-down menu)
Carter Martin Classic Web Site