Trumann Pediatric Cancer Survivor Wade Brown Visits Santa, Mrs. Arkansas at CARTI Kids Christmas Party

Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Wade Brown, 10, of Trumann, was one of 70 current or former CARTI pediatric cancer patients who participated in the annual CARTI Kids Christmas Party. (Photo/Kelly Quinn Photography)

Wade Brown, a 10-year-old cancer survivor from Trumann, was one of 70 pediatric cancer patients and families visited by Santa Claus at the annual CARTI Kids Christmas Party held Nov. 17 at the Scimitar Shrine Temple in Little Rock.

CARTI Kids attending the Christmas party ranged in age from 2-18 years old, coming from all across Arkansas and as far away as Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas for the celebration. Santa delivered presents to each CARTI Kid and his or her siblings with the assistance of his "elf-for-a-day," Mrs. Arkansas 2013 Sharla Fultz of Clarksville.

Brown was diagnosed with a Wilma's Tumor in 2004 at the age of two. Currently a fourth grader at Cedar Park Elementary, he is the son of Jamie M. Allen of Trumann.

"Having the opportunity to bring these young survivors together each year is the best gift we could ever hope to offer the families of those who are going through, or who have gone through, the cancer diagnosis of a child," said Mary Machen, CARTI Director of Community Outreach and CARTI Kids program director.

"We celebrate much more than the holidays at this party," Machen said. "We celebrate survivorship, and we celebrate life."

The CARTI Kids Christmas Party is funded by proceeds from the CARTI Kids Golf Classic and the CARTI Kids Memorial Trust Fund. To date, the CARTI Kids Golf Classic has raised over $3 million to date for Arkansas pediatric cancer programs and services.

CARTI is a nonprofit cancer center with multiple facilities located throughout Arkansas. The CARTI Foundation was incorporated in 1983 as a non-profit organization to assist CARTI in meeting the current and future needs of Arkansas cancer patients and their families.

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