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Community, KidsMove
Young Raptors fan celebrates historic season in style
June 12, 2019 | by Lucy Fox

The Lathams have always been Raptors fans – especially eleven-year-old Carter.

As a family, they’ve been watching the Raptors each year, from pre-season games in Vancouver to their current NBA finals run. Carter also has the unique opportunity to train here at the Fortius gymnasium, on the same floor as the Raptors.

When a Kyle Lowry signed jersey came up in this spring’s Fortius Foundation silent auction, it was too big of an opportunity to pass up – and was a timely reward for Carter’s own personal successes. 

Carter has dyslexia. After two years of complex vision and dyslexia therapy, he has become so proficient in reading that he is now a reading buddy to a younger student who has also struggled with reading. Carter also just finished reading his 100th chapter book.

For Tim and Candace Latham, Carter’s parents, the 11-year-old’s words when he saw the jersey are ingrained in their memory.

“I have read one hundred books. I have put in hard work and effort to achieve a great goal just like the Raptors making it to the championship round this year. I want that jersey because of what it represents to me, hard work, effort, and confidence. I am the Kyle Lowry of dyslexic reading; I am a champion who has succeeded.”

How could they say no to that logic?

Their bid was the winning one, and Carter picked up his jersey following the auction. His parents recall the smile on their son’s face when he found out, and again some choice words from the die-hard Raptors fan: “If I can read, Raptors can make it all the way!”

We hope they can too!

Carter and the Lathams are one of several lucky auction winners this year, with 39 items sold and $8,470.00 raised overall for the Fortius Foundation and the KidsMove program.

Thank you to everyone who supported our Foundation and these programs by bidding in the silent auction, and a special thanks to all of our donors who made this event possible!

Didn’t get a chance to bid in this most recent auction? Keep an eye out in our newsletter and on social media for the next one!

To learn more about the Fortius Foundation, or to make a donation today, visit us at www.fortiusfoundation.ca