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Gary Carter's tumors '80 percent better'

Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter's tumors are "80 percent better," according to his daughter Kimmy Bloemers.

The extremely positive results came after an MRI on Carter's brain was taken Monday at Duke University.

"Hi prayer warriors. I just got off the phone with my mom and I have WONDERFUL news!" Bloemers wrote Tuesday on a private family website, which ESPNNewYork.com has been granted access to. "Doctor V said specifically that dad's tumors are 80 percent better!

"He is encouraged and very very pleased with these results (as we ALL are!!) There is much less (swelling) and the tumors are less dense and 'less angry.' The size is a little smaller but the most important fact is that these tumors are starting to GO AWAY! Praise the lord -- praise the Lord!!

"The plan is now for dad to start treatment that will require 5 days of chemo in a pill form and then he will do Avastin twice a month."

The 57-year-old Carter had just completed his second season at Palm Beach Atlantic University when he announced that an MRI taken on May 21 had revealed four small tumors on his brain. He started a combination of 6½ weeks of radiation and one year of chemotherapy treatment the first week of June after being diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer.

Carter plans on returning for a third season at Palm Beach Atlantic with the help of an associate head coach. Carter has also been taking Avastin, a drug which prevents the growth of blood vessels that feed tumors.

Carter, who was a vital cog on the New York Mets' 1986 World Series championship team, was inducted into Cooperstown in 2003. He retired in 1992 with the Expos, finishing his 19-year career with a .262 batting average, 324 home runs and 1,225 RBIs. He also played in 11 All-Star Games.

"On a side note, Dr. V told my parents a shocking and unbelievable story that we hadn't known until (Tuesday)," Bloemers wrote. "When my dad got his FIRST MRI in Palm Beach County, his tumors were bad; HOWEVER, we did not realize that when he got his next MRI (only 10 days later at DUKE), Dr. V said they had doubled in size. That is how aggressive they were and so this makes the results even more amazing!

"Mom and dad are heading home (Tuesday) and are so encouraged! We thank you all for praying for my dad and cheering for TEAM CARTER. We rejoice and praise our Heavenly Father for this news!"

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.