Carlos’ Homestyle BBQ Sauce is Greenville Kentucky Teen’s Dying Wish [Video]
16-year-old Carlos Turner of Greenville, Kentucky, had suffered from cystic fibrosis all his life. In 2008, his dying wish was for his signature BBQ sauce to be enjoyed by everyone - with the proceeds going to Kosair Children's Hospital. Today, four years after his death, his wish is coming true.
Carlos was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at birth and because of that, he spent a great deal of time at Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. As he grew older, Carlos learned to cook - developing his own BBQ Sauce.
As CF began to take its toll on Carlos' young life, he told the staff at Kosair that he had just one dying wish - to see his signature BBQ sauce marketed and sold with the proceeds going to the hospital.
Kosair immediately went into action to make this incredible child's dream come true - but where to start? Who would agree to produce and distribute BBQ sauce made by a teenage boy? In an interview with Townsquare Media, Larry Bloemer described how Bloemer Foods Sales of Louisville got the nod to make Carlos' sauce.
"Well, they were trying to figure out who to call to get this done," he said, "and someone spoke up and said, 'Call Bloemer Foods. I bet they would be able to help you out.'"
And so they did. Today, you can find Carlos' Homestyle BBQ Sauce in Walmart stores in Clarksville, Corydon and Madison, Indiana. It is scheduled for distribution to New Albany, Indiana, in the coming months. And in the coming weeks, Larry Bloemer told us, you'll be able to order Carlos' BBQ sauce online.
All of the proceeds go to Kosair Children's Hospital - just like Carlos wanted.
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Special thanks goes out to Larry Bloemer, president of Bloemer Food Sales Co., Inc., for information provided for this story.