- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter is no longer suffering from walking pneumonia, coughing and cramping hands, and has been sleeping easier, his daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, reported on a private family website late Monday night.
According to Bloemers, Carter, who is currently battling Stage 4 brain cancer, has six more radiation treatments remaining.
"I am happy to report that my dad has had a great week! Aside from some fatigue, dad is doing very well!!!" Bloemers wrote on the private family website, which ESPN NewYork.com has been granted access to. "We are thankful that his hair loss is the only side effect right now. His mind has been sharp and everything else is functioning as it should. It has been refreshing to have "dad be dad" this week. We focus on the praises and the prayers that have already been answered..."
According to Bloemers, Carter plans to return for a third season as head baseball coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
"A committee has met at school and interviewed different candidates for the new position that is now open...the associate head baseball coach," Bloemers wrote. "We are praying for the perfect fit and so far we have some highly qualified coaches who want to be a big part of dad's program. Dad has been involved in the hiring process and each interview. We should have someone hired very soon."
Carter is slated to have an MRI on his brain on Aug. 9 at Duke University.
"We pray that there are no tumors!" Bloemers wrote. "Prayer is the best medicine for healing!!
"Dad has already overcome so much since finding out about these tumors on May 21st. Even though this rainstorm has already been fifty-one days, we pray for a miraculous ending just like Noah. I ask the Lord to continue to heal and bring comfort to my dad. We pray for this miracle...this rainbow for when the storm is over and only the mighty hand of God can make this happen."
Carter was diagnosed with walking pneumonia in June after battling through a severe chest cold for several weeks.
"Walking pneumonia is an informal term for pneumonia that isn't severe enough to require bed rest or hospitalization," Bloemers wrote in a June journal entry on the family's private website. "Walking pneumonia is often caused by a type of bacterium that produces milder symptoms that appear more gradually than do those of other types of pneumonia."
Carter was taking two antibiotics and a cough suppressant to combat the walking pneumonia.
The 57-year-old Carter had just completed his second season at Palm Beach Atlantic when he announced that an MRI taken on May 21 had revealed four small tumors on his brain. He started a combination of 6½ weeks of radiation and one year of chemotherapy treatment the first week of June.
Carter has also been taking Avastin, a drug which prevents the growth of blood vessels that feed tumors.
Carter, who was a vital cog on the New York Mets 1986 World Series championship team, was inducted into Cooperstown in 2003. He retired in 1992 with the Montreal Expos, finishing his 19-year career with a .262 batting average, 324 home runs and 1,225 RBIs. He also played in 11 All-Star Games.
Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.
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