7/21 Wells & Theriot host concert Aug. 4

Carter Kettner was 6 years old when he died on May 12 but the youngster left a lasting impression on Randy Wells. The Cubs pitcher met the boy last year when he visited Wrigley Field before a Cubs game. Kettner had brain cancer.

“He came in last year out of the blue for a Make A Wish [event],” Wells said Wednesday. “He got some autographs and we went out in the dugout and I just hung out with him.

“It was unbelievable how his family dealt with it and stayed strong for him,” Wells said. “They were probably torn up inside that their child was going to die. I don’t want kids to have to go through that. I want to make their time as good as possible.”

Wells is teaming up with Cubs second baseman Ryan Theriot to host the first Red Dirt Fest on Aug. 4 at benefit Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. For $30, fans will see some of Wells’ favorite bands such as Stoney LaRue, Brandon Jenkins and Randy Rogers performing at Joe’s Bar in Chicago.

Wells has a photo of Kettner in his locker and sees that smile every day. It’s his inspiration.

“I wanted to do something for him but I didn’t think it was fair just to do something for one person when there are a lot of kids out there dealing with the same stuff,” he said. “[The concert] seemed like a good fit.”

– Carrie Muskat

6 Comments

Thanks for posting this and kudos to Randy Wells and Ryan Theriot, but Carter’s last name is not Kehner. It’s Kettner. RIP Carter–we miss you Superman.

Thank you, jerichofrog. Fixed the typo. My bad. Randy dabbles in song writing and I told him he should write a song about Carter. Stoney LaRue may sing one of Wells’ songs at the concert.

Excellent article thank you.

I am very grateful you have covered this story! Carter Kettner is My Cousins Son. I say “is” because his legacy of hope lives on! Carter Loved the Cubs and I know that he is grinning ear to ear knowing that his buddy Randy has started this event. To learn more about Carter and his amazing parents you can visit http://www.carterkettner.org. Thank you Randy and Ryan for being amazing people first and professional athletes second. God bless you both and

GO CUBBIES!

Carl Dalton

These wonderful people are my neighbors. I feel very blessed to have had the honor of knowing Carter while he was with us here on Earth, because I believe he is always with us in Spirit. My son is only 3 days younger then Superman Carter and this whole process made me realize that any one of us could have been dealt this hand. Thank you Cubs for being a big part of Joe and Cinn’s lives and continuing to make a difference!!!! Go Cubs Go!!! XOXO

THESE TWO COMMENTS ARE REALLY SOMETHING..JUST GREAT..AND WHAT A REFERENCE LETTER FOR SANDBERG…ABILITIES AND LOYALTY..THIS SOUNDS SO WONDERFUL..LET’S GET TOGETHER AND WRITE A LETTER (THESE TWO) TO THE RICKETTS FAMILY, FROM ALL LOYAL CUB FANS..THAT BLEED “CUB BLUE” I’VE DONE IT SINCE 1945-CUBS vs TIGERS.PRINT IT FULL PAGE IN ALL THE CHICAGO PAPERS EVERY WEEK TILL SEASON ENDS OR LOU..BRING UP THE YOUNGSTERS THAT SANDBERG HAS IN HIS POCKET

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