Carter Bowman was just another middle school football player when he took a particularly rough hit during one game. When his family took him to the hospital that night and waited to hear whether or not he had a concussion. What they learned, however, would change the course of Bowman’s life forever.
As it turns out, the middle school student didn’t have a concussion; he had a brain tumor. Within eight weeks, Bowman had three brain surgeries. Although the surgeries were successful, Bowman’s treatment was far from over. Just weeks after his surgeries, he was shuttling back and forth to Philadelphia every day for proton radiation treatment.
Most middle school students would have worked to keep up with classes, but Bowman did that and more. While undergoing his proton radiation treatment, he realized how lucky he was to live close enough to Philadelphia that he didn’t have stay in a hotel for those months. He knew how important doing normal, fun things was to his recovery, so he wanted to do something to help kids to “just be kids,” so he started his own foundation.
The Carter N. Bowman Foundation is focused on “providing kids and their families the opportunity to enjoy activities, at no cost to them, while undergoing extended cancer treatments away from home.” Bowman is working with the staff at the proton therapy center to meet up with eligible patients, and he is hoping to secure things like free tickets to visit the Philadelphia Zoo, attend professional sporting events, and see museums and art galleries.
If you want to help Bowman, now a high school student, make sure kids have the chance to “just be kids” while undergoing their radiation treatments, there are many ways to help. You can make a general donation, sponsor a specific activity, or just spread the word.
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