Carter Ankeny was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on October 2, 2015 one month before his 5th birthday. He underwent chemotherapy treatments at CHOC for 21 months before finding out he relapsed on July 5, 2017 essentially starting over at day one of 3.6 years of treatment. On October 8, 2017 Carter passed away suddenly and shockingly due to a rare infection that occurred as a result of chemotherapy treatment. He fought to the end and showed us what it truly meant to be #Carterstrong. We will now carry on his legacy of strength, kindness, and love by being #CarterStrongForever and pursue a cure for cancer so no one has to feel the loss like we do every day.
We are forever grateful for the care the Hyundai Cancer Research Institute at CHOC Children's provided us during treatment. Carter never feared going to the hosptial and the staff and facilities made our stays the best we could have hoped for during one of the scariest times of our lives.
Pediatric cancer research receives less than 4% of national funding for cancer research. Progress is dependent upon private funding sources. These children are worth MORE than 4%. They are more precious than GOLD! Childhood cancer research is funding is almost entirely dependent upon private funding sources. September is childhood cancer awareenss month. Gold is the color representing chidhood cancer awareness. Let's GO GOLD this September and help fund the fight against childhood cancer! so not one more child has to suffer the consequences of this disorder, or its harsh treatments.