City of Ann Arbor shaken by Chad Carr's passing

The loss of Chad Carr is being felt everywhere, including Ann Arbor.

- So many people tonight continue to feel the tragic loss of Chad Carr, the little boy who lost his battle with brain cancer.

Chad inspired so many and despite only reaching the tender age of 5 years old, he leaves behind a lasting legacy.

There isn't the excitement in Ann Arbor one would expect with the Ohio State football game week as people find out about the death of Chad Carr.


"I just think it's very sad, you know," said James Murphy, a U-M soccer team senior.

On Monday Chad Carr, the grandson of Wolverines legendary football coach Lloyd Carr, lost his 15-month battle with pediatric brain cancer.

"I didn't know him personally," Murphy said. "But I'm part of the student athlete community here and I know some of the other teams here have done a lot of work."

Besides the big game against Ohio State this weekend, there seems to be a cloud over the city of Ann Arbor today.

"I've heard talk in the town, everybody is really down," said Nick Costos, owner of Grillcheezerie. "It is a sad moment for sure."

Chad had a rare form of inoperable brain cancer with a tumor located on his brain stem.

"All of the children who are dealing with those kinds of illnesses have a great effect on all of us," said Kinnothan Nelson, graduate of U-M. "It makes me think about the value of life more."

Although there is no official statement from the university, officials are encouraging those to look at the tremendous outpouring of support as evidenced by Chad Carr's story trending nationally on social media. 

"Sometimes God allows allows our children to stay for a long period, other times he sends them for short periods," said Mary Nelson, supports Carr family. "While they're here we have to enjoy them. (Chad's) effect on so many people's lives is so much greater because of him having lived and how he lived as a young boy dealing with this illness."


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