KEYSVILLE, GEORGIA – A local family is taking life day-by-day after their child was diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Doctors recently told 6-year-old Carson Bragg and his parents that he has D.I.P.G. and that Carson has very little time left to live, but his family is not giving up hope.
WJBF News Channel 6’s Stefany Bornman shares the story behind “Christmas Cards for Carson.”
Mary Bragg says this difficult experience has opened her eyes and restored her faith in humanity. Now she hopes sharing her story will help save someone’s life.
On December 8th, Mary Bragg took her son Carson to the see a doctor at Georgia Regents Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia.
“Twenty-hours before your seemingly healthy child now has brain cancer. You know, now has a tumor that they can’t operate on. That if they did surgery they might get a little bit of it for research, but it could very well kill him. That the only cure could kill him,” Bragg said.
On Thursday, Mary shared the doctor’s diagnosis with WJBF News Channel 6, saying it is Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. A rare, but aggressive type of cancer with no known cure.
“When you have someone come to you and tell you that your kid has cancer. It just .. it literally shatters everything you know. It’s hard.” Bragg said.
Even faced with the tough reality that this may be her son’s last Christmas, she continues to count her blessings. “You see all these people coming together and I mean you see God every single day. The little miracles that he does for Carson.”
The 6-year-old’s story has been shared hundreds of times on social media. Now thousands of Christmas Cards, from around the world, have been delivered to his home.
“Dinosaurs and sharks are his absolute favorite!” Mary Bragg told WJBF News Channel 6.
Mary says she is humbled by the random acts of kindness from strangers who have heard of her son’s story. Now she wants to encourage other parents to listen to their children when they aren’t feeling good. “His started out as headaches. You know if your child says they have a headache. Don’t dismiss it, you know, pay attention. Go to the doctor, ask them for a M.R.I. because he has had a couple of C.T.’s nothing showed up. Have an M.R.I. If there’s nothing on it good, excellent. You took that extra precaution.”
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