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Carter feeling better, MRI slated for Aug. 9

Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter is no longer suffering from walking pneumonia, coughing and cramping hands, and has been sleeping easier, his daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, reported on a private family website late Monday night.

According to Bloemers, Carter, who is currently battling Stage 4 brain cancer, has six more radiation treatments remaining.

“I am happy to report that my dad has had a great week! Aside from some fatigue, dad is doing very well!!!" Bloemers wrote on the private family website, to which ESPN NewYork.com has been granted access. “We are thankful that his hair loss is the only side effect right now. His mind has been sharp and everything else is functioning as it should. It has been refreshing to have "dad be dad" this week. We focus on the praises and the prayers that have already been answered...”

According to Bloemers, Carter plans to return for a third season as head baseball coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

“A committee has met at school and interviewed different candidates for the new position that is now open…the associate head baseball coach,” Bloemers wrote. “We are praying for the perfect fit and so far we have some highly qualified coaches who want to be a big part of dad’s program. Dad has been involved in the hiring process and each interview. We should have someone hired very soon.”

Carter is slated to have an MRI on his brain on Aug. 9 at Duke University.

“We pray that there are no tumors!” Bloemers wrote. “Prayer is the best medicine for healing!!

“Dad has already overcome so much since finding out about these tumors on May 21st. Even though this rainstorm has already been fifty-one days, we pray for a miraculous ending just like Noah. I ask the Lord to continue to heal and bring comfort to my dad. We pray for this miracle...this rainbow for when the storm is over and only the mighty hand of God can make this happen.”