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My Story

Carter Franklin is 8 years old and lives in Kanab, Utah with his parents, Rob and Starla, and his older brother , Drake.  He enjoys sports activities and spending time with his family.  Carter attends Kanab Elementary School and is in the 3rd grade.  Carter always treats his classmates with respect and kindness.  His warm grin will always steal the heart of anyone that Carter comes in contact with.

On a Friday of what seemed like any other day of school, Carter began feeling ill and he had a persistent cough.  He phoned his parents and went home sick for the day.  He continued to feel worse in the night and his parents took him to the Kane County Hospital where he was given blood tests and CT Scans and when completed the physician informed Rob and Starla that Carter's white count was extremely low and he would need further treatment at Primary Children's Center in Salt Lake City. 
Carter had a tumor growing inside his tummy  and other little tumors in his chest cavity and he was  diagnosed with Burkitt's Lymphoma.  Burkitt's lymphoma is one type of a group of malignant diseases known as the Non-Hodkin's Lymphomas.  These lymphomas are very similar to the leukemias.  The type of malignant cell present is called a B-cell and Burkitt's is often referred to as a B-cell lymphoma.
This malignancy grows very rapidly and a person who appeared in good health a month or 6 weeks ago may now be critically ill. Although that it is a rapid growing cancer it can also be treated just as rapidly. The treatment is intense chemotherapy in order to  reduce the tumor.

On or around Feb. 12th, 2011, Carter began his fight against Burkitt's Lymphoma.

The family has asked me to create this website and update it as needed.  I will have contact with the family and update it accordingly. 
Please post your entries to Carter and his family. 
Thank you!
Sincerely,
Libby Button

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Libby Button posted a new journal entry, "Great Results!".

Carter went up north this week for tests and all the test results came back good!  It is onward and upward from here!  The family leaves March 2nd for Hawaii. Stay ... Read more

Colette Cox signed Carter's Guestbook.

Carter - We are so happy that your test results came out well. It was great to have dinner with you in Fredonia...we will have to go to the Cowboy Butte again when it is ... Read more

Libby Button posted a new journal entry, "Great Results!".

Carter went up north this week for tests and all the test results came back good!  It is onward and upward from here!  The family leaves March 2nd for Hawaii. Stay ... Read more

Sharon Glazier signed Carter's Guestbook.

WOW Carter, I bet you are counting the days before you leave on your trip. That sounds like great fun for the whole family. Just don't push Drake into the volcano. He ... Read more

Sherie Glover signed Carter's Guestbook.

Hey Carter We are so excited for you to go on your trip, it sounds like you will have alot of fun.We are even more excited for your good reports on your tests and ... Read more

Libby Button posted a new journal entry, "Carters' Wish is About to Come True".

  When I see Carter at school it seems like such a long time ago that he was battling this horrible disease and then I have to remind myself that it was only last ... Read more

Libby Button posted a new journal entry, "MAKE - A - WISH".

Carter's family received a package in the mail last week from the Make-A-Wish foundation.  They are granting his wish of seeing the volcanoes in Hawaii! Carter will be ... Read more

Kelly Stubbs signed Carter's Guestbook.

Carter, sounds like an awesome check up! Thanks for letting us come to your wonderful baptism. And I was excited to see you playing football again! I hope you are still ... Read more

Colette Cox signed Carter's Guestbook.

Hey Carter! It was great news to hear that the doctors were happy with your recent check up and test results.  I hope that you are having a great year back at KES with ... Read more

Libby Button posted a new journal entry, "Update".

Carter had his first tests yesterday since he beat cancer.  Doc said his tests were perfect and he was very impressed by his energy levels. What a huge relief! Carter ... Read more

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