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In a pessimistic world, a Michigan mother is looking for a miracle to save her terminally ill four-year-old son – and she’s turning to prayer and social media to find it.
Tammi Curtis Carr of Ann Arbor was given the horrifying news Tuesday that her toddler, Chad, had an inoperative tumor on his brain stem. According to Carr, her son fell on Monday and hit his nose.The mother of three took her youngest to the hospital to make sure he didn’t have a concussion but what the MRI revealed was much worse.
Chad was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a rare brain tumor that primarily affects children, and once diagnosed, the average rate of survival is nine to twelve months.
On Wednesday, Carr posted a message on her Facebook page hoping the power of prayer could help heal her young boy.
“We now need prayers and it’s my hope that this goes viral and millions fall in love with (Chad) and send him prayers,” she wrote. “It’s going to take a miracle and I believe it can happen and I hope you will help and spread his story!”
Carr told Fox News.com she turned to social media because it’s a powerful way to spread a powerful message.
“There’s got to be a reason that this is happening. I know that God listens. I want an army to pray for my little guy. I don’t want anyone to stop praying for him. We have fantastic doctors, and some kids have survived. It’s still not promising but with prayer we can get that miracle.”
On Friday, Chad celebrated his fourth birthday at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor.
Football players from the University of Michigan came to visit him Thursday night and played with dinosaurs at a pre-birthday party.
Chad’s grandfather is Lloyd Carr, the former University of Michigan head football coach, and the team will wear orange – Chad’s favorite color -- wristbands with the words “pray for a miracle” at Saturday’s game.
Chad will begin aggressive radiation therapy starting on Monday.
On his birthday, the family tweeted a picture of their son in his hospital bed with the caption, “Happy 4th Birthday to our beautiful little boy. Here’s to many more. #chadtough.”
The family also has set up a fund to support pediatric brain cancer research at Mott.