Get Well Carter

For: The Snow Family
Organizer: Carla Cole and Karen Oliver
Get Well Carter (The Snow Family)
$15,860
of $25,000 goal.
Raised by 116 donors
63% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Carter started experiencing swollen lymph nodes in his neck and head last November. Preliminary blood work came back as normal, so the Snows were advised to keep an eye on things and come back for further testing in a couple weeks.
On Wednesday, January 8th Carter was examined by a Portsmouth surgeon who found more lymph nodes underneath his armpits and in his groin area. At that point Carter's father, Chris, called Boston Children’s Hospital to get a second opinion and got an appointment for Carter with a pediatric surgeon for the next day. At Boston Children's, an enlarged lymph node on the side of Carter's neck was surgically removed so it could be biopsied. The call came on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. that the pathologist had seen cancer cells in Carter’s tissue. The Snows were told the head oncologist would call in the morning and to plan to come to Boston the next day. Carter and his parents, Melissa and Chris, were told Tuesday afternoon that Carter had non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and he was admitted on the spot to Children’s hospital for 4-5 weeks of intensive treatment.
The next day a PET scan showed the likelihood of bone marrow involvement which would be confirmed via a biopsy the following day. An abdominal CT and brain MRI showed no progression to major organs. Thursday, the results showed that 48% of his bone marrow was cancerous which changed his diagnosis to acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood and adolescent blood cancer. The results of a spinal fluid tap showed no cancer in the spinal fluid. That Friday, Carter received his first dose of steroids, the backbone medicine for treating ALL and on Monday the 20th his first dose of chemotherapy.
The Snow family is told that Carter will continue ongoing treatment at the Jimmy Fund Clinic for two years.
Thank you for praying for Carter and his family. Your support will help to defray medical-related expenses and allow the family to focus on Carter's full recovery.
The money from this fund will help the Snow family pay for time out of work, hotel expenses, travel to and from the hospital, the insurance deductible, medicines and procedures not covered by insurance, food, and all of the other countless expenses that are popping up because of this unexpected medical crisis.
Thank you for being a part of Get Well Carter!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 23, 2014

Posted on June 23, 2014

Looking for other ways to support the Snow Family? Join us tonight at The Community Oven in Hampton between 5 and 10pm. Just come for Dinner or browse the AMAZING auction items we have. Every pizza sold helps the Snow Family. We hope to see you there.

Posted on June 14, 2014

Posted on June 14, 2014

An update from the Snow family..... MRI Results and Other Good News Posted 1 day ago Today has been a good day for Carter and the Snow Family. His pain and nausea are much improved and he is eating and drinking. The MRI shows that his pancreas is not inflammed and is working; the common bile duct and pancreatic duct appear to be unobstructed. The pseudo cysts have enlarged by 10 to 15%. The larger one at the tail of the pancreas on the left side (cyst #1) has some fluid with different layers of scar tissue and old blood. The smaller one at the head of the pancreas on the right side (cyst #2) is mostly fluid. The outer lining of both are mature enough to perform the draining procedure. Today we talked with Carter's oncologist, Andy and his surgeon Chris Weldon and his gastroenterologis Mike Manfredi. Mike has been in touch with his GI colleagues over at Brigham and Women's where Dr. Christopher Thompson will perform the procedure. They do these kind of procedures more often and have all the fancy tools. They'll go through the esophagus and into the stomach with a scope to place a stent where cyst #1 abutts. This allows the fluid to drain into the stomach and get excreted. They'll pull out the dead tissue and irrigate the cyst with an antibiotic containing solution. Another stent will be placed at cyst #2 for drainage as well. With their scope, they will be able to see how well the pancreatic duct is draining and may place a stent there as well. As the cysts collapse over the following days to several weeks the stents will fall out and get excreted. However they will do some form of imaging to confirm this and occasionally they have to go back in to remove them. It is typically a 3 hour procedure and is well tolerated. It has the least amount of risks and Carter should be feeling better a few days later. They are hoping to do this procedure next Tuesday the 17th but Carter's white blood cell counts need to be at a certain level. If his counts are good he will stay here at Children's until the procedure and will recover back in room 6226. Hope everyone is enjoying early summer. We certainly enjoyed our 3 1/2 weeks at home and are looking forward to putting this behind us and moving forward with less pain and nausea. Love to all, Carter, Melissa, Chris, Lindsey, and Romeo

Posted on June 3, 2014

Posted on June 3, 2014

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