Jason Carter Discusses Jimmy Carter’s Energetic Spirit

The 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, is now in his second year under hospice care, yet continues to fight on. His grandson, Jason Carter shares some insights on his grandfather and this journey.

Jimmy Carter was born in 1924, in a time without electricity and running water; he used to plow fields with a mule. Now, he has seen life and the world transform in countless ways. Throughout all these transitions, he has steadfastly held onto his core principles: faith, human dignity, equality, human rights and unconditional love for one’s neighbor.

Around ten years ago, he was diagnosed with five melanoma tumors in his brain and liver. Drawing strength from an age-old gospel song, he pledged to ‘stay on the battlefield’. And he has. Throughout his life, he has been an ardent champion for peace, human rights, democracy and alleviating human suffering. He has seen his efforts through the Carter Center result in a legion of health workers, human rights workers and democracy workers who are fighting disease, fostering peace and building hope.

He stood by my grandmother throughout their 77 years of marriage, till her death. The love and respect that he has received globally are overwhelming; last year alone, he received nearly 20,000 birthday wishes from over 100 countries, which moved him to tears in his hometown, Plains, Georgia.

He has recognized how the same technology that binds the world can also tear it apart. He has witnessed democracy under threat both home and abroad. His ambition for peace between Israel and Palestine is on uncertain grounds. However, his contribution during the Camp David Accords still remains one of the glimmering hopes in this ongoing conflict. Yet, he persists on the battlefield.

Despite a year in hospice care, his body frail, his spirit remains unbroken and resilient.

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