From the time Cameron was born, he has been fighting for his life. Cameron's parents were told very early in the pregnancy that Cameron was too small and that his survival was unlikely. After several complications and health concerns, Cameron arrived seven weeks early. He was born with a hole in his heart and was unable to eat without a feeding tube. But he was here, he had beaten the odds.
Cameron needed heart surgery soon after his first birthday, but he recovered well and seemed to finally be healthy.
In September 2011, just before his second birthday, Cameron started running a fever. The pediatrician diagnosed him with a throat infection and about a week later, an ear infection. But after three weeks of continuous fevers, his parents took Cameron to the emergency room at Scottish Rite.
After a week in the hospital and what seemed like hundreds of tests, Cameron and his family were finally given the devastating news that changed their lives forever. Cameron had stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a cancer that develops from nerve cells found in several areas of the body.
The months that followed his diagnosis went by in a blur of chemotherapy and trips to the emergency room. Cameron has had six rounds of chemotherapy and two stem cell transplants. His journey is far from over, but he continues to fight and beat the odds.
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