For nearly 15 months, Chad Carr rallied prayers from around the nation as he fought brain cancer.
Today, that fight ended. The 5-year-old from Saline has died, according to a tweet from his mother, Tammi.
Tammi Carr wrote on her Facebook page: “At 1:21pm today, exactly 15 months since his DIPG diagnosis, Chad gained his angel wings. He left the earth peacefully and is now running and jumping in heaven. It is well with his soul.
“We will follow up with service details once we have everything arranged. We thank everyone for the support and ask for continued prayers for our family.”
Carr, the grandson of Hall of Fame Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr and Hall of Fame safety Tom Curtis and son of former U-M quarterback Jason Carr, was diagnosed with DIPG, an inoperable brain tumor, in September 2014. His family has made his fight — with the #ChadTough hashtag and foundation to raise money to combat it — a public battle.
Carr started hospice care less than two weeks ago. His story is scheduled to be told nationally this weekend on ESPN’s “College GameDay.”
U-M basketball coach John Beilein opened his previously scheduled news conference today by giving his condolences to “all the Carrs.”
“We’ve all followed the situation so closely, my assistant coaches and myself and Kathleen are such great friends of not just Lloyd and Laurie and the Carr family, but Jason, Tammi and everyone,” Beilein said. “It’s a sad day, and I’m sure there’s going be a positive of an awareness of childhood brain cancer and what we can all do going forward.
“It’s tough to talk basketball, but that’s what we’re going to do.”
— Tammi Carr (@tamcarr21) November 23, 2015