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Community Rallies Behind Young Carson Albright In His Cancer Battle

Last updated on Monday, June 11, 2012

(LINTON) - Family and friends are rallying behind Carson Albright, 2, as he battles a form of retinal cancer which has required extensive chemotherapy.

Mark Stalcup of the Greene County Daily World reports as young Carson Albright, 2, faces a battle with cancer no kid should ever endure, friends and family are coming together to help.

A benefit dinner and silent auction will be held for Carson Albright starting at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 16 in Linton's Roy Clark Community Building.

That's not the only fundraiser for the cancer-stricken child, either.

A car wash will be held at the Switz City Baptist Church starting at 8 a.m. today, with proceeds benefitting Carson's care.

Both efforts are designed to help cover the costs associated with chemotherapy and other treatments assisting Carson's battle with retinoblastoma, a form of cancer affecting his left eye.

The community's ralled behind the toddler, the son of Linton Music Festival founder Jared Albright and his wife Brittney.

The treatments have meant young Carson's travelled to Ohio for multiple rounds of chemotherapy, a sometimes painful and confusing path for a 2-year-old.

"Carson has good days and bad days. Some days, you will look at him and think he is so energetic and happy you wouldn't believe anything was wrong," his mother Brittney writes in an ongoing blog designed to update friends and family back home.

"Other days are not as good. Our struggle is when he is hurting and asking us to fix his boo-boos...Although hard to deal with, we are hoping when this is over he will not take any of this with him."

Six sessions are necessary, with Carson beginning his fourth next Thursday. Each costs $50,000, said "Carson's Crusaders" organizer Shelby English.

"Because it's a new form of chemo treatment, the insurance won't cover it completely," said English, a nurse who once worked with Carson's mother Brittney at Southern Indiana Pediatrics.

English joined Albright's fellow family friends and colleagues, nurses Kelly Ponton and Kortni Canada, in organizing the effort.

"Brittney and I are good friends," explained Canada, now a school nurse. "We used to work together at Bloomington Hospital."

The dinner includes pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, potato salad, dessert and a drink for a suggested donation of $5.

Along with dinner, the evening will feature a silent auction featuring Indianapolis Colts memorabilia, Indiana University football tickets, tools, home party products, handmade crafts, tickets to Holiday World fun park, Longaberger baskets, a Brown County getaway to Nashville, Ind., and additional items.

Autographed gear is also on hand, from Colts linebacker Patrick Angerer and Indiana University basketball coach Tom Crean.

Carson's Fun Zone, featuring a monster truck bouncy house, will also be on hand to amuse the kids.

"There will be something for everyone - men, women and kids," English said. "We want everyone to come out."


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