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Boy with Rare Disorder to Compete in Kids Triathlon

May 5th, 2013

Carter Richards’ participation in this years Kids Triathlon on May 5th will bring added significance to the race.

Diagnosed with a rare cell disorder called Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, Carter has been put on a low dose of chemotherapy for a year to fight the disease. “Last year was my first triathlon, and I felt so good after the race I was like, ‘I’m so doing this next year!’ And just because I’m on chemo, it isn’t going to stop me from doing that”, he told First Coast News.

Carter’s mum, Mary Jo,said Carter bounced right back from the diagnosis, and won’t let it slow him down. “He’s a strong kid. He’s determined. He’s been amazing through the whole thing, just handling it like a trooper,” she said. So how does he do it? “Probably the love and care of my family and friends,” he said. Training with a group at the YMCA, he hasn’t missed a practice, and wants to help other kids through the race. “Stay strong and don’t give up,” he said.

This post was sourced from an article by First Coast News. The original article can be found here.

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