Boy with rare disease gets VIP treatment at Cardinal game

An almost-6-year-old boy from Dardenne Prairie, Missouri, who has a terminal disease got the VIP treatment at the Cardinal game Saturday.

Carson Burroughs was diagnosed with Sanfilippo Syndrome a few weeks ago, and on Saturday he got to meet some of his favorite players.

The night — which was made possible by Carson's speech therapist — started with a one-on-one tour of the Cardinals clubhouse, where he met Mike Matheny and Yadier Molina. He continued into the dugout where he met one of his favorite players, Matt Holliday.

Photos: Carson Burroughs gets VIP treatment at Cards game

The event was a memory Carson will never forget, and his mother Sara hopes it will raise awareness for the disease before it is too late.

Sanfilippo Syndrome is a disease that progressively causes damage to cells as the body fails to break down long chains of sugar molecules called Mucopolysaccharides, according to the MSP Society website. Because of the nature of the disease, many children do not show symptoms and are not diagnosed until about preschool age, when symptoms begin to appear.

For now, the disease has no cure, but research is ongoing.

The family has a page on the CureSFF website telling the story of Carson's fight against the disease, and to raise funds for treatment.

To learn more about the disease, click here.


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