Wayzata family donates $1.25M to Be The Match in memory of son

Diana and Bob Carter talk about their son, Jason Carter, who died of leukemia in May 2016. (Photo: Rob Collett)

A Wayzata family’s $1.25 million donation to a Minneapolis-based nonprofit will help create a new program, in memory of their son. The program has the potential to help thousands of blood cancer patients.

Jason Carter was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012. After more than four years of battling the disease, the 28-year-old died in May 2016.

Jason Carter
Jason Carter

“He never gave up. He let go,” said Diana Carter, Jason’s mother.

His father, Bob Carter, added, “We obviously are devastated to lose our son but Jason would’ve felt, as well as we felt, that it’s really important to help others.”

After Jason’s death, the Carter family donated $1.25 million to Be The Match Foundation.

The Carter family was first introduced to Be The Match when Jason needed a bone marrow transplant. He would later end up needing a second, unrelated transplant. According to its website, Be The Match connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord transplant.

The donated money will be used to help create The Jason Carter Clinical Trials Program. Jason’s parents believe his participation in two clinical trials helped extend his life at least two years. He participated in the first one in 2014 and the second one in 2015.

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