Oakland boy prepares to ‘Be the Change’ for Hospice and Cindy’s Fund

From The Garrett County Republican

OAKLAND — In his young lifetime, Carter Goff has seen more loss than many adults. But he doesn’t let that get him down.

In fact, he is working to make a difference for others through his Be the Change project at Broad Ford Elementary School.

Today, Carter lives in Oakland with his mom, Cassie Marsh, and his younger sister, Brecklin Marsh. When he was 10 months old, his dad, David Goff, passed away from colon cancer after a 16-month battle.

“Carter can’t remember David, but he hears stories about him often,” Marsh said.

Carter’s stepdad, Josh Marsh, came into his life when he was about two years old, but he was killed in an automobile accident in January.

“Cindy’s Fund and Hospice are both near and dear to our family’s hearts as both organizations helped tremendously when David was sick,” Marsh said. “Cindy’s Fund provided gas cards for us to get back and forth for treatments in Philadelphia and Morgantown. Hospice helped keep David comfortable in his last few weeks of life, as he wanted nothing more than to be home and surrounded by family in his last days/weeks.”

For his Be the Change project in Erin Yoder’s fourth-grade class, Carter has chosen to help both Cindy’s Fund and Hospice of Garrett County.

He hopes that he’ll be able to help as many people as possible who are going through very difficult times in their lives and are in need of the support of either organization.

“By choosing to raise money and supplies for these two organizations, it will make me feel good to know that I’ll be helping many other local people,” he said.

Marsh noted that her family has benefited from the community’s giving over the last 10 years.

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