When Brandon Carr thinks of his mother Sunday, he will bear in mind the time and commitment she gave to her household and the dedication she showed as a schoolteacher for 33 years.

Kathy Carr’s memory, nevertheless, influences her son beyond Mother’s Day.

The Ravens cornerback, whose mother died of breast cancer 5 years ago, went to MedStar Franklin Square Healthcare Center in Baltimore final October to meet females undergoing remedy for the similar illness. As he met them a single by a single, Carr pulled up a chair, signed sweatshirts, talked about what his mother meant to him and gave comforting hugs.

Carr came with gifts as effectively. He supplied 150 HOPE Kits, which incorporated fuzzy socks, tea, lotion and educational material, as effectively as custom-developed, all-natural-hair wigs for 3 females.

Ravens cornerback Brandon Carr meets with a cancer patient for the duration of an October stop by to MedStar Franklin Square Healthcare Center in Baltimore. Courtesy Baltimore Ravens/Shawn Hubbard

1 patient, who was getting her final radiation remedy that day, told Carr that she knows his mother will have to be “shining down and be so proud of her son.”

Teammates and coaches laud Carr, 32, for his toughness. His streak of 176 consecutive begins is the longest of any active NFL defender.

But a single of the most challenging current challenges for the player nicknamed “Iron Horse” did not come on the football field. Just after seeing how breast cancer took a toll on his mother more than the course of eight years, he could not muster the strength to stop by females becoming treated for the similar illness till he did so eight months ago.

“She was my rock,” Carr told the individuals, “and it took me some time to get right here to this point exactly where I could stand right here in front of you and speak about her with out receiving the floor all wet from crying.”

Carr praised the females for their courage and faith in dealing with this illness. In speaking with them and their supporters, Carr felt like he was back in his hometown of Flint, Michigan, exactly where he heard related stories about life and children.

“I’m like, ‘Man, I’m sitting there speaking to my mom and my aunts correct now,'” Carr mentioned. “That was like therapy for me.”

One more way Carr honors his mother is by way of the Carr Cares Foundation, which supplies tools to market youngster literacy. The inspiration comes from Kathy, who taught in Flint Neighborhood Schools for more than 3 decades.

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Brandon Carr routinely goes to elementary schools to study to students in the similar manner his mother taught him. She told him: “Get into the book. Adjust your voice for every character.”

Carr desires to make the books come alive by way of his various inflections and animated gestures. He gets into it so significantly that he sweats.

“It is just a thing I do to engage young readers when I’m reading to them, creating reading worthwhile and enjoyable,” Carr mentioned.

On Mother’s Day as effectively as other days all through the year, Carr generally thinks about how proud his mother is of the perform he does as a tribute to her.

“Often I sit back and reflect on her accurate strength and her accurate grit in raising two tough-hitting boys and her influence on our peers and children along the way,” Carr mentioned. “I guarantee you I just really feel like it really is her powering me and the man upstairs moving me in the path she sees match.”