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Canberra Cavalry chief executive Thom Carter going home to help mum battle breast cancer

A trip home to the US two months ago convinced Thom Carter that is where he needed to be - helping his mum Susan with her fight to beat breast cancer.

The Canberra Cavalry chief executive has had an exhausting year since his mother's diagnosis, working long days at the Narrabundah Ballpark before spending his nights talking to her on Skype.

Canberra Cavalry boss Thom Carter will return to the US to help his sick mother battle cancer.
Canberra Cavalry boss Thom Carter will return to the US to help his sick mother battle cancer. Photo: Jay Cronan

Distance can be a big barrier and in the end the 13,000 kilometres between Canberra and Salt Lake City, in Utah, became too much.

On July 10, Carter will fly home and join his mum at the world-class cancer centre.

While Susan is elated her son is coming home, she didn't put any pressure on him to return.

It was a  3½-week visit  at the end of April that made him realise where he needed to be.

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"It was something that had been in the back of my mind throughout the season and then after seeing where she was and what was going on, it kind of solidified that this is what I needed to do," Carter said.

Carter said the next six months were crucial and he will take a long-term leave of absence from the Cavs to be with his family.

He said he will come back to the ACT, but he just doesn't know when.

"She's in the middle of the battle, I think that's one of the reasons why I'm headed back," Carter said.

"If I was confident that she was winning the battle then we wouldn't be having this conversation.

"It's been very much a rollercoaster ride ... she's a battler and I think she's going to come out on the other side, but in the mean time 13,000 kilometres is a long ways away.

"Talking to my father, I think the next six months are key to her treatment."

The Australian Baseball League and the ACT Baseball Association will begin the hunt to replace Carter while he's gone.

Whoever gets the job will walk into the flagship of the ABL - one of the best teams in the competition both on and off the field.

Last week the Cavs announced a new naming rights sponsor, Canberra Elite Cabs, in a two-year deal that has the option to extend for another two, believed to be worth $125,000 per annum.

It's a big jump up from their previous naming rights deal with Rolfe Motors, who have stayed on as a major sponsor.

They have also re-signed manager Michael Collins for the 2014-15 season and are working on including the option of a two-year extension to that contract.

On the field, the Cavs are the Asian champions after winning the Asia Series in Taiwan in November and they have played in the past two ABL championship series, winning the Claxton Shield for the first time in 2013.

Carter will still be helping the club however he can from the other side of the world.

"The Cavalry will be just fine without me ... getting Canberra Elite on for a multi-year deal has put the team in a good, strong position," Carter said.

"[Cavalry baseball operations general manager] Tom Vincent will continue to oversee our recruitment and work with Michael Collins on that.

"We're in a great position to continue our success, both on and off the field."