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Portland, OR- An Oregon toddler is fighting to survive as he battles a very rare form of cancer.

His parents say if anyone can beat this it's their son.

“You're doing so good buddy," said Guy Thompson.

"Yes, he is, our little warrior. He is, he's so tough,” said mother Kaitlin Thompson.

As their son lies in a hospital bed, surrounded by tubes and machines, Guy and Kaitlin Thompson, can see Carter fighting to get better.

“They've lost probably 10 I.V.s,” said Guy.

The toddler, from Tillamook, has always had that tenacity.

He was born with his bowels outside his body, but was out of the hospital 16-days later.

A few weeks later, the Thompsons learned Carter was blind.

However, the little boy delights in discovering the world through touch, such as the feel of water in his hands.

“We’ve learned to discover the world in a whole new way through Carter. And we really don't want to lose that,” said Kaitlin.

Even after all he's been through, Carter remains in good sprits.

“That's how we knew something was wrong, def at first. He's usually a happy, bouncing baby boy and he just got really tired really cranky,” explained Kaitlin.

Carter is fighting a cancer so rare that an official diagnosis came after three weeks and one round of chemo at Randall Children's Hospital.

He has tennisball-sized mass on his pancreascalled Pancreatoblastoma.

Doctor Janice Olson says Carter also has many small tumors "caking" his abdomen, and high levels of an unusual hormone.

“We talked about him being 6 in 100 million, now he's down to maybe being one in a billion,” said Dr. Olson.

His doctor is now researching previous cases to give Carter the best chance of survival.

“A lot of it has to do with calling around to colleagues around the country and around the world, which will be part of my next job,” said Dr. Olson.

So they focus, not on feeling angry or sad, but on being there for Carter, and treasuring every moment by his side.

“He has a little guardian angel hanging over his crib in the PQ. And it says, "Miracles happen to those who believe in 'em, and we do believe in,” said Kaitlin.

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