BRAZIL, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – A local family looks to celebrate their son as he’s beat cancer for the third time.
Ten-year-old Carter has fought cancer since he was five years old. In 2015 Carter Guess was diagnosed with stage four high-risk neuroblastoma, a type of cancer caused by the abnormal development of immature nerve cells.
“I still worry every day because I’ve had it three times and it could come back again,” Carter Guess said.
Mother Jessica Guess said Neuroblastoma is the most progressive and aggressive childhood cancer.
“The technology that they have to detect cancer can not test the cellular level of cancer,” Jessica Guess said. “Only what they can see on the scan, and it only takes one little active cell in his body to progress again.”
Since Carter’s initial diagnosis the Neuroblastoma relapsed twice. Carter’s most recent relapse was this past December.
Jessica as well as Carter’s father John Guess spent the five months having traveled from the Wabash Valley to Cincinnati to live close to Carter at the Ronald McDonald house.
“I was really floored by when they told us it came back,” John Guess said. “I don’t think any of us believed that.”
“This last time around they told Carter if you want to go home and go fishing you can, or we can try this one more thing,” Jessica Guess said. “We honored his wished and tried the treatment and it worked.”
Carter has had no evidence of the disease since May and has returned to his usual fishing and swimming activities.
However, there is one thing Carter has told his parents he really wants to do after being in and out of the hospital for several years.
“His wish at the time was to swim with dolphins in Hawaii and everybody has just came out of the woodwork to try to make that dream a reality for him,” Jessica Guess said.
“I like dolphins because they are cute, smart, and fun to play with,” Carter Guess said.
Carter’s parents hope to fulfill Carter’s wish by hosting a ‘Carter Fight Club’ to raise funds for the trip this Saturday.
“Anyone with a child that has any special needs, medical needs, and critical ill needs, we can lift each other up,” Jessica Guess said.
“It’s impossible to be strong by yourself you definitely need help from your family, friends, and even strangers you meet at the Ronald McDonald House,” John Guess said.
The #CarterFightClub will be Saturday, July 9th at VFW post-1127 on 303 south Depot Street in Brazil starting at 4 p.m.