He battled teams on the field. Now he is battling for his life off the field. Doctors treating baseball Hall of Famer Gary Carter discovered “several new spots/tumors on my dad's brain,” his daughter Kimmy Bloemers wrote in the family's online journa
“I write these words with tears because I am so sad for my dad,” she wrote Thursday afternoon.“Dr. Jimmy Harris will be coming to my parent’s house this evening to talk to the family about the next step.”
According to a report in The Palm Beach Post, Carter's last public appearance was Sunday at a dinner that precedes his annual charity golf tournament in West Palm Beach, Florida.
"I'm not feeling all that good," he said, speaking slowly from his seat during the remarks, the Post reported. "And I just pray that God will continue to help me because I want to continue to help in any capacity that I can."
Six months ago, Carter, 57, and his family (Team Carter) created an online journal to "keep friends and family updated" about his journey.
“My story began last Thursday, May 20th when I wasn't feeling myself,” wrote “The Kid” on the online journal. He started feeling confused by his daily tasks “forgetting things, repeating questions and tired all the time.” The next day he announced “four small tumors were found on my brain.”
Carter, 57, the former Mets catcher, found out those four small tumors were glioblastoma, an aggressive, fast-moving brain cancer.
“Glioblastoma is the most malignant of the primary tumors we see in adults,” Dr. Henry Friedman told the New York Times in May 2011, “and anywhere from 12,000 to 18,000 cases are diagnosed each year, depending on who you read.” He said the average survival rate for patients after surgery, radiation and chemotherapy is 14 ½ months.
According to the New York Daily News two weeks ago in a telephone interview Carter expressed his painful struggle over his worsening condition. “I'm not feeling too good,” he told The News. “It’s been coming on and coming on. I’ve had a chest cold. I’ve got sores in my mouth, blood clots. I get sick. … There’s just so many things. ... It's been nine months now and I don’t feel any different from Day One. I haven’t been up to doing any interviews.”
His daughter expressed that anguish, too. "I want my dad healed, I want my dad strong, I want my dad to coach baseball this year, I want my dad to NOT have pain," his daughter wrote in the journal, a cry out to God in prayer.
Carter, nicknamed “Kid,” remains best known for his role in helping the New York Mets win the 1986 World Series, hitting 24 homers and driving in 105 runs.
An 11-time All Star, Carter was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003 after retiring in 1992. He finished his 19-year career with a .262 average, 324 home runs and 1,225 RBIs.