Hall-of-Fame baseball catcher has multiple brain tumors and they are likely malignant. This is not a great prognosis. I grew up in NY and was a fan of the 1986 Mets team that won it all. When I invented the Knee Saver a few years later it was really tough to get any traction with pro baseball players. Living in Houston at the time I was able to get in touch with the Montreal Expos' trainer to set up a meeting with Gary to see if he would try my prototype. It was his last go round with the team and he was at the end of his career. He gave me all the time in the world to hear my pitch and was just as nice as you see him on TV. The problem was that he could not even bend his knees past 90 degrees as they were so arthritic and swollen. Therefore he couldn't even use my pads. I thanked him for his time and even worked with his agent to maybe have him be the celebrity sponsor to the Knee Saver but it never worked out. About five or six years later the product finally became commonplace on the market.
At least ten or maybe 15 years after our first meeting I was at a medical conference where Mr. Carter was a spokesperson for an arthritis medication. He was going to show up for an hour and sign autographs, etc. I got in line like everyone else and then it was my turn. I mentioned to him that I had met him years back in Houston and that he was the first pro to give me time about the Knee Saver. He remembered immediately. He gushed on and on about how he wished he had that product earlier in his career. He made a point to mention to all his entourage and even the crowd who I was. He went overboard and it was so genuine. The dude with the constant smile on his face has it for a reason. He is just that nice of a person.
Gary, my prayers are with in this battle. You need to win this one because the world needs more people like you around.