After meeting the Kettners in 2005 through my boyfriend, I became a close friend (and even short-term roommate) to the Kettner family. Carter was only 2 and a half years old when I briefly joined their family and immediately he stole my heart (and my dog). After being diagnosed with Anaplastic Astrocytoma in February of 2009, I made it my goal to ensure that Carter never spent one minute more being sad than the physical aspects of his diagnosis created. Among the efforts to make Carter’s wishes come true was having it actually rain gumballs with the help of “Carter’s Crew”! While our work managed to provide the smiles I had hoped for, the larger effect of my relationship with Carter was actually to my benefit. Carter has taught me the meaning of HOPE, of the benefit of cracking jokes in the middle of the most difficult situations and how courage is an amazing gift you can give to others.