A concert at the Bicentennial Center in Salina this week will be a little extra special for a 7-year-boy who is battling a life-threatening disease. Carter Hampton will get to meet, and hang out with his favorite band “Newsboys”.
Brave Young Hearts, a Colorado organization that helps grant adventures to children with terminal or life-threatening diseases, is arranging the meeting.
Carter and his family will drive from Denver to Salina on Wednesday in a full sized SUV rented by Brave Young Hearts. Thursday, prior to the concert, he will get to meet the guys from “Newsboys”.
Carter was born with a rare spinal condition called Caudal Regression Syndrome. His spine ends at partial lumbar 3, and there is no connection to his pelvic bones. This has caused many issues.
Carter has had 31 surgeries for various things such as knees, feet, bowels, bladder, stomach, kidney, spine and port placements. Additional anomalies of the gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, heart, respiratory system, upper limbs and upper portions of the spine can also occur.
Carter also has chronic kidney disease, and is fighting complications from that. His family also just found out that his colon is failing.
Carter will have his bucket list dream to meet “Newsboys” realized Thursday in Salina. He will get a personal meeting, including autographs and photos with the band. After the meet and greet, he will stay for a VIP question and answer session. Carter and his family will then attend the concert.