Gary Carter: Former Expos, Mets, Giants, Dodgers Hall of Famer Has Brain Tumor

Jordan WallingContributor IMay 24, 2011

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28:  Former New York Met Gary Carter thanks fans from the field in a post game ceremony after the last regular season baseball game ever played in Shea Stadium against the Florida Marlins on September 28, 2008 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets plan to start next season at their new stadium Citi Field after playing in Shea for over 44 years.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Former Montreal Expos and New York Mets great Gary Carter was diagnosed with four small brain tumors on Saturday.  The Hall of Fame catcher had been complaining of headaches and forgetfulness.

In a statement made about his condition, Carter wrote, "Earlier today, I learned that four very small tumors have been found on my brain, following an MRI on Friday at a West Palm Beach facility. I am scheduled to be examined further Thursday at Duke Medical Center, and we will learn more at that time about my diagnosis."

Carter will most likely need surgery to remove the tumors.  

"My wife, Sandy, and our children and family thank you for your thoughts and prayers," Carter added. "We ask that you please respect our privacy as we learn more about my medical condition."

Carter has been married to his wife, Sandy, since 1975. They have three children—Christy, Kimmy and D.J..

Carter also has been a very active philanthropist. The Gary Carter Foundation, of which Gary Carter is the President. Since its inception, The Gary Carter Foundation has placed over $622,000 toward charitable purposes, including $366,000 to local elementary schools for their reading programs.

I was lucky enough to personally be affected by Gary Carter's generosity when I attended school at Lake Park Baptist in Florida with his kids. Growing up as the second youngest of nine kids raised by a single mother, I grew up in in extreme poverty. Habitat for Humanity even built us a home because when my father left us homeless when I was 10 years old.  

Gary Carter personally delivered Christmas presents that he purchased with his own money for our entire family on Christmas morning. Trust me when I tell you the joy a young boy feels when his Christmas morning is transformed without notice by a stranger just because he wants to see you smile.

Even now I hold back tears when I think of this morning. Thank you sincerely, Gary, and I pray that your good will and strength bring you a rapid and complete recovery. I will never forget the difference you made in my life.