Doctors discover new tumors on Gary Carter's brain, according to family

Doctors have discovered new tumors on Hall of Famer Gary Carter's brain, his daughter wrote Thursday in an online journal.

"I write these words with tears because I am so sad for my dad," Kimmy Bloemers wrote in the journal.

She said a Duke University doctor had phoned the family earlier in the day to say that a recent MRI showed "there are now several/tumors on my dad's brain."

Bloemers said a doctor planned to come to Carter's house Thursday night "to talk to the family about the next step."

One option being considered by doctors is to cease giving Carter any more treatment, according to the New York Daily News, quoting an unnamed family source.

"It's horrible," Jim Palmer, the Hall of Fame pitcher who is close friends with Carter, said by phone Thursday.

"I can't imagine how difficult this has been on his family because they are so close-knit. When I talk to Sandy (Carter's wife), the first thing I say is, 'How are you doing?' And usually her reply is 'I'm hanging in there.' "

Carter spoke Sunday night at Ironhorse Country Club in West Palm Beach at the kick-off dinner to his 26th annual charity golf tournament.

He was too weak to stand at the podium and his speech was slightly slower than usual. "I'm not feeling all that good," he said at one point in opening remarks that lasted about seven minutes.

Although he said that night he would try to attend the golf tournament Monday, he stayed home the following morning because he wasn't feeling well.

Palmer served as master of ceremonies at the charity dinner Sunday night and introduced Carter to the crowd of more than 150 people. The charity raised money for autism, a disorder that affects Carter's grandson and Palmer's 15-year-old step-son.

Palmer said close friends knew Carter hadn't been well for the past few weeks. But they weren't surprised that he summoned the strength to attend the dinner.

"My wife Susan and I just mailed him a little note today thanking him for allowing me to be a part of that," Palmer said.

"I said in my note, 'I'm just thinking and praying for you.' You know, there's not a day that goes by when I'm working out at Ultima (gym) downtown and somebody doesn't ask me how Gary is."

Last Thursday, Carter fell as he was leaving a doctor's appointment and re-aggravated a shoulder injury that he first sustained in a fall on Christmas Day.

On Friday, he had two MRIs - one for the brain and the other for his shoulder. The shoulder test showed a complete tear of his rotator cuff, which will require surgery, according to Bloemers.

The brain MRI was sent to Duke University, whose doctors shared the results Thursday with Carter and his family.

Carter has not given any interviews except one to the Daily News two weeks ago. "I'm not feeling too good," he said at the time. "It's been coming on and coming on. I've had a chest cold. I've got sores in my mouth, blood clots. I get sick It's been nine months now and I don't feel any different from day one."

Carter was diagnosed in May with the same type of brain cancer that claimed the lives of former major league players Bobby Murcer, Dick Howser, Johnny Oates, Dan Quisenberry and Tug McGraw.

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