Dining for a Cure
Friday, August 29, 2014 at 7:00 PM (EDT)
When & Where
At 8 years old Cameron experienced the loss of his great-grandfather, Pop-Pop Bill to lung cancer. This loss was profound as the two shared a close relationship with Cameron spending summers at the beach riding on Pop-Pop’s boat. To help him deal with this grief his dad asked him about riding his bicycle in the American Cancer Society bike-a-thon in honor to Pop Pop Bill. He instinctively said yes and what a great idea! However his dad cautioned him that it wouldn't be easy since the ride was 21 miles long and the most he had ever ridden was 8 miles. With fierce determination in his eyes, Cameron looked at his dad and said, "If Pop Pop Bill can fight cancer, I can ride my bike 21 miles!” For the next several weeks Cameron motivated his father to train by dragging him out of bed at 6am every day to ride around their town increasing the total mileage with each ride.
Cameron completed the 21 mile ride raising $1040 along the way. Even more committed the following year, he set the bar higher and (at 9 years old) completed the 65 mile ride for ACS raising $2700+. Beat that cancer!!
The enthusiasm, efforts and athleticism were recognized by the American Cancer Society during the 2012 Gala when he won the honorable Milton Braverman award. The Milton Braverman Award is given yearly to an outstanding youth either fighting cancer or raising awareness for the cause. During his acceptance speech Cameron spoke of Pop-Pop Bill and Alec (in attendance). Alec is also a 4th grader at Springville Elementary who is currently battling Leukemia.
Cameron recently found out his beloved Grandmother Dorothy aka Mom-Mom has also been diagnosed and is currently being treated for Leukemia.
As there are now 3 reasons to ride, this year Cameron will set the bar a even higher. Now at 10 years old, he plans to ride the full 102 miles and set his fundraiser goal even higher than years past. 100+ is no small feat even for a adult, but this determination and passion for making a difference just clues you into the type of person that Cameron is. He is truly a wonderful, motivated and sensitive youth who tries to does anything he can to make a difference in a cause that he believes in. He truly believes in the fight for a cure and could really use your support for this fight.