Nonprofit fundraising to send Hayward boy battling rare cancer to Disney World

Good News Notes:

Hayward boy is in the fight of his life, battling a particularly resistant form of cancer.

Now a nonprofit is asking for the public’s help to send him on the trip of a lifetime to Disney World.

They call him “Hank the Tank,” otherwise known as Henry Carpenter. At 4 years old, he’s already spent half his life battling cancer.

It all started when the family noticed a small lump on his head.

“A few days later he was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, and it was everywhere,” said his mother Allie Carpenter.

He had a tumor the size of a softball on his adrenal gland. It had also spread to his bone marrow, and to his brain. Hank’s cancer turned out to be stubborn.

“His treatment worked for a little while but not well enough. And he progressed,” said Carpenter.

So the family made a decision, they would try treatment with specialists at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York. At first Hank and his mom Allie moved there for a year. Now they go back and forth each month. Hank’s dad and two siblings stay behind….”

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