Harbaugh: UM 'found a way' to win for Chad Carr

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Michigan wide receiver Jehu Chesson has a handwritten #CHADTOUGH message on his helmet during warmups Saturday.

Bloomington, Ind. – The Michigan players dedicated Saturday's game against Indiana to 5-year-old Chad Carr, who has an inoperable brain tumor and this week entered hospice care.

The players wrote #ChadTough on the backs of their helmets.

Carr, the son of Tammi and Jason Carr, a former Michigan quarterback, and the grandson of former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr and former All-American Tom Curtis, was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), just more than a year ago.

Tammi Carr almost immediately after the diagnosis launched the #ChadTough hashtag on social media and reached out for prayers for a miracle for her son. She and her husband have since formed The ChadTough Foundation (ChadTough.org).

Michigan players Joe Bolden, left, and Joe Kerridge brought a game ball from UM's win over Indiana to Chad Carr on Sunday.

"The spirit of that little guy and his toughness, I think we were drawing on that," Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said after the Wolverines' 48-41 victory over Indiana in double-overtime. "I think the guys, I think the fellas were drawing on that at the end and found a way.

"If you dedicate a game to somebody, you darned sure better win it."

Receiver Amara Darboh, who scored the Wolverines' final touchdown on a 25-yard pass from Jake Rudock, said it was important to win the game because the players had dedicated it to young Carr.

"It's very, very sad what he has to go through, and we wanted to make sure we got the win," Darboh said.

On Sunday, Michigan captains Joe Bolden and Joe Kerridge visited Carr and presented him with a game ball from the victory over Indiana. Tammi Carr posted pictures of the visit on Twitter.



Chad Carr, 5, died, his mother said on social media on Monday. Chad was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Giloma (DIPG), a tumor located in a small area of the brain stem.