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Carson Robert Leslie was passionate about baseball, his mother, Annette Leslie of Dallas says. That’s why in honor of Carson, who died of cancer three years ago at age 17, she is taking two limos full of 15 cancer-fighting teens from Children’s Medical Center of Dallas to the July 6 Texas Rangers game against the Houston Astros. Children’s Medical Center is where Carson was treated since he was diagnosed at 14. His oncologist and favorite nurse will be at the game, too.

July 6, 1992 was the day Carson was born and Annette calls it “my secret way of still celebrating his birthday.”

The trip to the Rangers is the third annual one for The Carson Leslie Foundation, which Annette founded and runs to raise money for cancer research. The outing was inspired by what Carson wrote in a book, Carry Me, which was published 6 days before he died: “Baseball is deep in my soul. I loved putting on the jersey, the long socks, the pants; the whole uniform. I loved sliding in the dirt, the smell of my glove and the anticipation of playing the game. I loved going up to the plate holding the bat in my hands and swinging it around before I actually took my stance. I was always first to bat.”

Raising the money for research was also inspired by Carson, his mother says as she shares Carson’s dying wish: “Momma, make sure they study those tumors in my brain, if those tumors can help some kid not die from cancer like I am, I’d like that; it’s hard to have cancer.”

Here is his obituary; Carson is buried at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home in Dallas:

Carson Robert Leslie, officially the new shortstop on the other side, was born July 6, 1992 and went Home to play and rest January 12, 2010. He was a faithful son, brother, cousin, nephew, grandson, student, and friend. He was passionate about fishing, baseball, basketball, football, golf, people, babies, dogs & Mexican food. A bit cocky, feisty, funny and absolutely courageous, Joshua 1:9 became Carson’s verse. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go”. “This is not just my cancer verse, but my life verse and no matter how long I live, I want it written on my tombstone. I AM NOT STRONG OR COURAGEOUS by myself, I just happen to be the kid that got cancer. And the way I look at it, I can either go around mad and sad, or go around living with the strength and courage that comes from God and from the people He puts around me.”God did put some amazing people around him! Carson was an athlete, and pressed on with his athlete’s heart in his fight for life. During Carson’s valiant fight, when asked how he was feeling his reply was always, “I feel great”. Although cancer finally claimed his life, it did NOT define him. Carson, we desperately miss you and will always love you-forever and a day! Dad, Mom & Bub!


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