Young Brien Carter maintains positive attitude as he battles leukemia

Brien Carter’s dad points to a photo on the wall of their Navarre home. It’s a picture of Brien decked out in wrestling gear, and a medal hangs over it. A photo of Brien wearing his football uniform is next to it.

Brien looks happy. He looks healthy. He looks like any other kid his age. What he doesn’t look like is someone who has been diagnosed with cancer.

“I think that’s what hit us the hardest. He was so healthy before it and it just hit so suddenly,” said his dad, Brian Carter, as he looks up at the photos.

Brien is 8 years old.

He has acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He was diagnosed in August, three months after his family moved here from Pittsburgh.

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