Meet Carter as told by his mom, Kellie:
Carter Rosenberg is your average 5 year old little boy. He loves Angry Birds and Despicable Me and he says his favorite thing to do is play Angry birds Star Wars with big brother Ethan on the Wii. Carter leads anything but a typical 5 year old life though. Carter’s days start with a tube feeding of a special Elemental formula through his Gastrostomy tube in his stomach. Carter was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis at age 2 after many months of searching for a diagnosis to explain why he was not tolerant of food. Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) is an auto-immune disease that causes the body to send white blood cells to the esophagus to attack food proteins as if they are foreign. It causes inflammation and pain in the esophagus as well as nausea and vomiting and choking. Carter’s EoE is severe in that he is only able to safely tolerate 3 foods: rice, banana, and blueberries. Carter receives an EGD scope and biopsies of his esophagus and stomach every 6 weeks to see how food is being tolerated. You can read more about EoE here.
When Carter was given his brand new Gator Power Wheels he was absolutely ecstatic! He couldn’t believe he was going to get to drive around his neighborhood in this cool new toy that would be all his Carter’s favorite thing about the gator is that he can go SUPER FAST!!! The Rosenberg family sends a huge thank you to HHH for giving Carter a carefree experience like riding around really fast in his shiny new toy during a time in his life that is full of scary things he can’t control. Thanks HHH!