Derek Carter

Derek Carter is 16 years old. He lives in Perry, Michigan with his mom, Deborah, and his older sister, Emily (21). On August 19,2016 Derek was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The devastating diagnosis was the beginning of a grueling journey and a long road. In a one-month period of time Derek has undergone six […]

Derek Carter is 16 years old. He lives in Perry, Michigan with his mom, Deborah, and his older sister, Emily (21).
On August 19,2016 Derek was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The devastating diagnosis was the beginning of a grueling journey and a long road. In a one-month period of time Derek has undergone six surgeries, including placing a cranial shunt to drain fluid from his brain and a port to administer chemotherapy. Complications of an infection in the cranial shunt required another surgery to remove the shunt, clear the infection and replace the shunt.
Deborah is a single mom and is self-employed as an independent truck driver. Due to Derek’s diagnosis and critical condition, Deborah has had to cut her hours in half to remain at Derek’s side as much as possible – working just enough hours to pay for the truck and trailer insurance and payments. There is not enough left over to pay any of their basic day to day expenses. She receives no support from Derek’s father and the stress of dealing with Derek’s illness and worrying about the family’s finances weighs heavy on Deborah’s mind.
Angels of Hope will be stepping up to assist Deborah with some of the family’s basic living expenses during this difficult time, allowing her to focus on caring for Derek while he continues his battle.

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