Showing posts with label Brain Cancer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Brain Cancer. Show all posts

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mets Hall of Fame Catcher Gary Carter dies at age 57

Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter died Thursday following a lengthy battle with
brain cancer. He was 57.

Best known for his role on the 1986 World Series champion Mets and for his 10-year run with the Expos that preceded it, Carter had been battling cancer since doctors discovered inoperable tumors on his brain in May 2011, diagnosing him with grade 4 glioblastoma. His condition took a turn for the worse when an MRI exam revealed new tumors in January.

Carter passed at 4:10 p.m. ET, according to an entry on his family's online journal.

"He is in heaven and has reunited with his mom and dad," Carter's daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, wrote on the journal. "I believe with all my heart that Dad had a STANDING OVATION as he walked through the gates of heaven to be with Jesus."

Carter hit 324 home runs over a 19-year run with the Expos, Mets, Giants and Dodgers, finishing his career back where he started, in Montreal in 1992. He entered the Hall of Fame in 2003 with an Expos cap, on a plaque referring to his "signature smile" and clutch hitting.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Doctors find more brain tumors on Gary Carter

Gary Carter’s battle against brain cancer took another turn for the worse Thursday, when the former Mets catcher received more bad news in an MRI result.

The test revealed that the amount of tumors had increased and the family will meet with more doctors soon to discuss what comes next.

“Just a few moments ago, my mom received a phone call from [the doctor] at Duke,” Carter’s daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, wrote on a family website Thursday. “I wish I could say that the results were good ...”

The MRI exam, taken Friday, showed there “are now several new spots/tumors on my dad's brain,” according to Bloemers. “I write these words with tears because I am so sad for my dad. Dr. Jimmy Harris will be coming to my parent's house [Thursday] evening to talk to the family about the next step.”

Monday, January 09, 2012

Mets Great Gary Carter still coaching despite his illness

Gary Carter plans to participate in Palm Beach Atlantic University’s first baseball practice of the season today as the Hall of Fame catcher, who serves as head coach of the Division II team, continues to battle brain cancer.

Carter plans to undergo an MRI on Friday so doctors can get the latest information on their battle with the malignant tumors.

“Dad was such a trooper during the holidays,” daughter Kimmy Bloemers wrote in an online journal. “He tried to involve himself in as many family activities as possible even though each day is and continues to definitely be exhausting for him. For most of the days, he has rested and slept, which is good and bad. The doctors have told my dad to listen to his body and rest but have also encouraged exercise. My dad did go in the pool a handful of times over the holiday break; however, his body needs much more.

“Today is the first day of practice for the PBA baseball team and dad is determined to go! Now that baseball has begun, his spirits have lifted a bit and I believe he is excited to see his team. His weak body limits his physical involvement, but the fact he wants to go and still teach his players is beyond amazing.”

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Gary Carter Receives Encouraging News

According to Adam Rubin of  ESPN NY, An MRI exam at Duke University revealed positive news in Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter's battle with cancerous brain tumors, daughter Kimmy Bloemers wrote in an online journal.

Carter's doctors informed the family that the tumors have shrunk 10 percent from a previous MRI exam, and approximately 75 percent since the initial detection.

"Parts of the tumors are actually dying," Bloemers wrote in the private journal, to which the family has granted access to

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Gary Carter receives good news in his battle with cancer

According to the NY Post, Gary Carter's battle with brain cancer took a positive turn yesterday, when doctors determined that new spots recently discovered were benign, according to the former Mets catcher's daughter, Kimmy Bloemers.

"We are praising the heavens for more victories!" Bloemers wrote in her online journal. "Thank you all for the prayers and encouraging cheers for dad! Keep them coming!!!"

Bloemers also said the Hall of Famer was due to finish his second round of chemotherapy last night.

"Dad has been extremely tired during these days of chemo, which has been expected," Bloemers wrote. "After he finishes his last pill tonight, he will start to do more activity for his body. The doctor has emphasized exercise, healthy food intake and rest when needed. Dad will start to do physical therapy to get his joints and muscles moving as he pushes through the exhaustion."

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Good News for Gary Carter, Doctor said tumors are 80% better

Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter received good news Tuesday after the results of an MRI exam revealed his brain tumors are "80 percent better."

The news was relayed by Carter's daughter Kimmy Bloemers on a family website, according to the New York Post.

The New York Mets legend, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer in May, was told by his doctor at Duke Medical Center that there "is much less swelling."

"Doctor V said specifically that dad's tumors are 80% better!" Bloemers wrote on the family website, adding the tumors are "less dense" and "less angry," an encouraging sign, according to Carter's doctor.

"The size is a little smaller but the most important fact is that these tumors are starting to GO AWAY!" Bloemers wrote. She added the next phase would require the 57-year-old former ball player to undergo five days of chemotherapy in pill form.

Doctors also told the family Carter's second MRI exam in May, which was taken just 10 days after the growths were first discovered, revealed the tumors had actually doubled in size. The aggressive nature of the tumors at that stage made Tuesday's results that much more amazing, Bloemers wrote.

Carter, who had been managing at Florida's Palm Beach Atlantic College this year, hit .262 with 324 home runs and 1,225 RBIs in a 19-year career with the Mets, Montreal Expos, Giants and Dodgers.

He was a member of the Mets' 1986 World Series-winning team, was an 11-time All-Star, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Doctor says Gary Carter "Looks Wonderful"

According to the NY Post, Mets great Gary Carter is improving as he heads into the final portion of his first round of cancer treatments.

His daughter Kimmy Bloemers wrote on a family website Monday, "Mom and dad were told by the doctor that dad looks wonderful and is happy to see how well he is doing."

Carter, who has brain cancer, was unable to attend All-Star Game festivities last week and will not be in Cooperstown for next weekend's Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The 1986 world champion was able to walk two miles Monday, according to Bloemers, and plans to return as head baseball coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University next season.

Carter will finish radiation treatments Tuesday. A scheduled MRI exam was moved up to Aug. 1.

"We know dad still has a battle and a road ahead of him to fight; however, we believe in miracles," Bloemers wrote, according to

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Gary Carter's Brain Tumors are Malignant, but treatable

Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, a former Mets star, likely has a malignant tumor on his brain, the Duke Medical Center announced in a statement tonight.

Carter, 57, announced last Saturday that an MRI exam had revealed four small tumors on his brain. The biopsies were performed on a single tumor.

The pathology report will take several days, at which time treatment options will be discussed with Carter.

“In the meantime, Mr. Carter is in excellent spirits and good physical condition,” read the statement from physicians Allan H. Friedman and Henry S. Friedman, the co-deputy directors of The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke. “He is resting comfortably, surrounded by his family. We hope that his friends and fans continue to pray for Mr. Carter and his family during this time.”

According to the website, doctors have said that even if malignant, the tumor could be treatable.
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