8-year-old Cameron Scott was admitted to the ER after he fell down the stairs. Most people who fall down a couple of stairs suffer a broken bone or some concussion, but not Cameron. Yes, sometimes worse injuries do occur, but often it isn’t too bad. However, when the doctor was taking a look at the x-ray of Cameron’s back, he noticed something peculiar. It was brain cancer.
After a second MRI, the doctor confirmed that he had a high-risk stage 4 tumor known as Medulloblastoma. It had started in his brain and made its way to his spine.
“It was like an out-of-body experience,” said his mother, Tamika Scott. “They initially showed us the back and his spine, and the doctor looking at the pictures turned to the other doctors and said, ‘I need another MRI. I need you to scan upward.'”
However, Cameron stayed strong. He went through countless surgeries, therapies, and treatments, and was strong throughout.
His favourite superhero is Batman because Batman’s power is his brain. Cameron feels an affinity with the caped crusader. But for Cameron’s father, his son is his hero.
Cameron went through a four-hour surgery to remove most of the brain cancer, and then a specially developed chemotherapy. This chemotherapy involves pioneering gene-sequencing at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Therefore, it specifically targets the part of the body where the cancer is located, rather than the whole body.
After six long months of radiation therapy and chemotherapy, Cameron is finally cancer free! He and his family celebrated with a trip to Legoland.
“I feel amazing now,” Cameron said. “I feel like I’ve been through everything.”
However, his family got an even bigger surprise when they received their bill for Cameron’s treatment. St Jude’s runs entirely on donations, and as such, do not charge any of their patients. So all of Cameron’s groundbreaking treatment that saved his life was free of charge. If you want to donate to St Jude’s, you can do so here.
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