Cameron was always active in sports, so when he would get covered in bruises, his parents didn’t think much of it. But when he was frequently ill, started to have shortness of breath and fainting spells, Cameron’s parents became worried.
The pediatrician assured them they had nothing to worry about —until April 15, 2019, when 10-year-old Cameron was vomiting, had a fever and severe sore throat. They thought it sounded like a case of strep throat, which had been going around at the time, so they made an appointment at his Pediatrician’s office. That day, Cameron was seen by another doctor who noticed his bruises and asked if they could run a Complete Blood Count (CBC) panel on him.
The results weren’t anything they ever expected to hear. He either had one of two things: Lymphoma or Leukemia. He was admitted straight from the Pediatrician’s office to the hospital and the diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) was confirmed.
Cameron’s mom told us, “Last year, randomly, my now 7-year-old daughter wrote “Never Ever Give Up” and put it on a sticky note and hung it on the refrigerator.” At the time, she thought it was a sweet reminder that when times were tough at school or home, that you just keep pushing on. One afternoon, a week after Cameron was diagnosed with AML when she approached the fridge her eyes were for some reason drawn to that sticky note.She shared that,“from that moment on, we vowed to Never Ever Give Up. It wasn’t until a friend who had previously dealt with childhood cancer in their family told us about NEGU and the wonderful things you do to help families going through this awful journey. NEGU means the world to us just knowing we are not alone and there are others out there thinking about us.”
As the oldest of 4, Cameron is an inspiration to his younger brother Brandon (9) and his two sisters: Savannah (7) and Charlotte (5). He has an unshakable “no fear” attitude and is a positive role model for everyone around him! He is a fighter and tries to hold in his tears so that his Mom and Dad don’t get sad. He’s learning that it’s okay to sometimes be scared or sad too.
Cameron was actually in the hospital when his first JoyJar® arrived at his home. “To be able to walk into his hospital room with that package and have him sit there and pull each piece out one by one with a huge smile on his face was such a wonderful gift. The Jessie Rees Foundation has helped us to have something to look forward to each month. To know that it’s not just the medical bills and upcoming blood test results we’re anticipating. But that there’s GOOD on the way, and it aligns with our family motto – to Never Ever Give Up!”
We NEGU for Cameron!