By ROGER AMSDEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
GILFORD — Carter Mock, a 7-year-old from Amherst whose parents sold their sailboat last year shortly after he was diagnosed with cancer, received the gift he has been dreaming about Sunday afternoon at Fay's Boat Yard when Make-A-Wish New Hampshire presented him with the 32-foot-long sailboat "Go Cart."
Carter, who has been diagnosed with fibroblastic osteosarcoma, has undergone surgery in which his left leg was removed below his knee and his ankle reattached so that serves as the knee for his prosthetic leg. He uses a cane to help him while he walks and recently completed a chemotherapy session at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
An adventurer at heart, he loves to swim and snorkel, and has played baseball and hockey.
A large crowd of people from Fay's Boat Yard and Make-A-Wish New Hampshire were on hand Sunday afternoon when Carter and his parents, John and Danielle Mock, pulled into he boatyard in the stretch limousine which brought them from Amherst to Gilford.
On the way north, they made stops at Carter's school in Amherst and then at Bass Pro Shop in Hooksett where Carter fed the fish, arriving at Fay's after having stopped for lunch at the Tilt'n Diner.
Carter was all smiles when he saw the sailboat after getting out of the limo. He then and walked up to the boat and went aboard with his parents, where he donned a captain's hat after having toured the boat, which has sleeping berths for six people and has a galley kitchen as well as toilet and shower.
"This is amazing," said his father, John. His mother, Danielle, said that the generosity of the people involved is overwhelming.
Jule Baron, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish NH, who is a resident of Gilford, said that when the organization found out about Carter's wish, they talked to Fay's Boat Yard, which helped find and fix up the sailboat so that it would be given to Carter.
Among those watching Sunday were Jeff Fay, owner of Fay's Boat Yard, whose workers spent many hours getting the boat ready; Al Posnak of the Winnipesaukee Sailing Association, which will provide free sailing instruction for the Mock family, and boat owners Roy and Nancy Carsen, who have owned the sailboat for nearly 30 years.
"We were looking to sell it, but when we heard that Make-A-Wish was looking for a sailboat for a family to grant the wish of a child with cancer, we knew what we should do," said Carsen.
Carter Mock, 7, of Amherst, shown aboard the 32-foot sailboat Go-Cart which was presented to him Sunday by Make-A-Wish New Hampshire at Fay's Boat Yard in Gilford. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)
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