Thursday, January 19, 2012
Daughter: Gary Carter has more tumors
By Andrew Marchand
Doctors have found "several new spots/tumors" on Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter's brain, according to his daughter.
Carter originally was diagnosed with four tumors last May. In recent months, the family hoped that, with chemotherapy and other treatments, the tumors were in check.
"[The doctor] told my mom that there are now several new spots/tumors on my dad's brain," his daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, wrote on the family's website. "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 this evening to talk to the family about the next step. I will continue to keep you all updated. Love to everyone and thank you for the prayers."
The Carter family has granted ESPN access to the family website to inform the public.
Last spring, after experiencing headaches and forgetfulness, Carter underwent an MRI that revealed four small tumors.
On Thursday, under the subhead "Leaning on Jesus," Bloemers wrote on the website, "This past week has been one of the hardest weeks for my dad. Every day is exhausting and every move takes great effort."
Last Sunday, Carter attended his golf tournament banquet, Bloemers wrote. She said that the dinner was in support of her father, autism and local schools in Palm Beach, Fla. The tournament was held Monday, but Carter did not participate.
"Dad was so appreciative of the many hugs and encouragement given to him throughout the evening," Bloemers wrote of the dinner. "Jim Palmer was the spokesperson for the golf tournament. Dad spoke a few words thanking everyone for being there and for all the support and prayers. He said he wants to feel better so he can continue to help others."
Carter appeared at the dinner despite having "very bad falls" a week ago and on Christmas Day. Bloemers said that her father has a torn rotator cuff, which she thought was a result of a combination of the two falls and his long baseball career.
Carter, an 11-time All Star, 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.
The effervescent Carter, nicknamed "Kid," is perhaps best known for helping the New York Mets win the 1986 World Series. He had 24 homers and 105 RBIs that season, then drove in 11 runs in the playoffs.
Andrew Marchand covers baseball for ESPNNewYork.com. You can follow him on Twitter.