"Carter's very outgoing. He has a little walker. He loves to smile and cheese, loves his shades and his hat, as you can see," says Carter's mom, Meagan Cline.
And to see 20 month old Carter Cline, you might not guess he's had serious medical issues.
"Carter was born with a rare birth defect known as O.E.I.S. Complex. Just a lot of complications with different organs, intestines, spine, and then also his bladder," Meagan says.
But he's doing fine on Saturday, stronger than ever, at a benefit in his own name at Shiloh Park in Brandon. Families are enjoying good food and activities for children. They're even putting together a keepsake scrapbook for Carter.
Meagan, along with Carter's Dad, Brandon, are touched by the turnout.
"I look around and I see a lot of faces I do know. Then I see some that I don't. These communities, between Brandon and Florence, have made this such an easy thing to do, and have shown us a lot of love," Brandon says.
Carter spent seven months of last year in the hospital.
"He's actually had 30 surgeries already. He did really well through those. He has a big surgery coming up at Johns Hopkins, hopefully within the next year. He'll be hospitalized for three months," Meagan says.
To help the family with medical and travel expenses, donations can be made to the Carter Cline account at any Regions Bank.
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