With a new heart and cancer-free, man returns to college, works with transplant recipients

Gainesville Times | Nick Watson

SCOTT ROGERS/The Times Shaw Carter and parents Doug and Sandy, along with family dog Bauer, are in high spirits these days following Shaw’s strong comeback from fighting lymphoma after his heart transplant. Shaw even has plans for participating in a 5K in the future.

After a heart transplant followed by a bout with lymphoma, Shaw Carter and his pharmacist have a relationship like one you would have with your barber or bartender.

The 22-year-old Gainesville man walks into Riverside Pharmacy like Norm from “Cheers” and greets Scottie Barton. The Gainesville drug store owner and his staff have been filling Carter’s prescriptions for his entire life.

Before his heart transplant less than two years ago, Carter swallowed 24 pills per day. Almost two years later, his prescription regimen is less than a third of that.

And in the past 22 months, Carter’s life has changed dramatically. The young adult has gone from living at home with parents as he recuperated from his transplant and battling cancer to living on his own at Young Harris College as a healthy man with the hopes of graduating next semester. Continue reading