Chad Carr is still finding a way to help people.
The 5-year-old grandson of former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr died in 2015, more than a year after being diagnosed with a brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). After Chad’s diagnosis, the Carr family started the ChadTough Foundation to “to fund research and raise awareness for Pediatric Brain Tumors with an emphasis on DIPG.”
This week, there was another way Chad helped others with DIPG. Researchers at Michigan released their findings after their first study of Chad’s tumor, according to the Detroit Free Press, and they made an important new discovery. Researchers found that a genetic mutation called PTEN was a driving force behind the growth of his tumor. The discovery could change treatment options for the the inoperable disease.
“We just felt that for progress to be made, these donations have to be made,” Tammi Carr, Chad’s mother, told the Detroit News. “They have to be able to study this tissue to learn more about this terrible tumor. We wanted this to be Chad’s final, physical gift.”
The study on the tumor was published in npj Precision Oncology, an online-only, peer-reviewed journal.