Carter Whipple Button was three-months’ old when he was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (“AML”). AML is relatively rare and uncommon in someone as young as Carter. His cancer was difficult to diagnose: “one in a billion”, doctors said.
The special staff at McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation helped take care of Carter over many months. They gave Carter a nickname: "The Professor”. While a happy little guy who was quick to smile, The Professor had a serious contemplative side -- a deep thinker and perhaps a wise old soul. He would study you with his incredible, big blue eyes, as if trying to understand the world around him. He could lift up your world when he looked up at you or break your heart upon seeing an IV in his hand, a tube down his nose and when you knew he needed a hickman line in his heart.
In early June of 2011, Carter began his first round of chemotherapy. It was the beginning of a heart-rendering journey, played out in a small room on 3B at McMaster. Over the next several months he would have a series of aggressive chemotherapies. Carter’s parents juggled their schedules to ensure Carter never spent a moment alone. Carter’s illness attracted media attention globally and locally from the medical community and beyond including an article written about how the “Resilient Little Hero Captures Hearts”.
Sadly, in early February 2012, Carter was re-admitted to the hospital. His cancer had grown back rapidly into his brain and spine. It was inconceivable. Two and a half weeks later, the Community News posted their final article: “Baby Carter Loses Cancer Battle”, just weeks before his first birthday.
Time marches on.
People go back to work.
We all have to move on with our lives.
Yet, we are altered forever.
Carter has left an indelible mark on the souls of many. We want to honour Carter and to acknowledge the many remarkable people who helped Carter and his family. A portion of sales from each cookie sold will be donated to MacKids in honour of Joanne's cousin, Carter.