Fundraisers planned to raise money for Adler Carris

While Adler Carris is undergoing chemotherapy for brain cancer, T-shirts and wristbands are on sale to raise money to help cover his medical bills.

Posted on Aug. 21, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 22, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.

ELKHART — A group of family friends is selling T-shirts and wristbands in an effort to raise money for a 4-year-old Elkhart boy who is undergoing treatment for brain cancer.

Adler Carris was diagnosed with pilomyxoid astrocytoma, a form of pediatric brain cancer, in June. The news came only a month after he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition where there is too much liquid is on the brain.

As Adler “Bear” undergoes chemotherapy treatment, his parents, Elizabeth and Aaron Carris, are trying to remain positive. 

To help raise money and let people show their support, friends of the Carris family are selling wristbands and T-shirts will soon be available, Angela Fann said in a phone interview Thursday, Aug. 21.

The wristbands are blue and grey to represent hydrocephalus and brain cancer and say “Adler Bear” and “Bold as love” in large, yellow font (the yellow stands for childhood cancer). They can be purchased for a $3 suggested donation each or two for $5 at Fix Salon and Spa in Elkhart and BuyMeToys.com in Mishawaka. The entire donation goes directly to the Carris family.

(Angela Fann/photo provided)

The T-shirts feature a custom design by Carris family friend and artist Jimm Showman and are $15 for adult sizes small to 3XL and $10 for youth sizes extra-small to extra-large. About 50 percent of the shirts’ cost will go to the family, Fann said.

Anyone interested in pre-ordering shirts may order them online and should include their first and last names and either a telephone number or email address. Include multiple listings to order more than one of the same size shirt.

(Angela Fann/photo provided)

Pre-orders will be accepted until 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, Fann said. Anyone who pre-ordered shirts will be contacted to pay for and pick up the shirts when they arrive, which could take up to two weeks.

Individuals interested in a shirt but did not pre-order will be able to purchase them at Fix Salon or BuyMeToys.com. More shirts can be ordered at any time.

Additional donations may be made at Adler’s GoFundMe page or by asking for the Adler Carris fund at any Elkhart branch of Mutual Bank.

“We’re just trying to show (the Carris family) our support,” Fann said. “That’s really what they need right now, for us to show that we love them and that we’re fighting with them.”

Editor’s note: The original version of this story included incorrect information about who was selling the shirts. The story has been edited and is now correct.

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