Angels Among Us Saturday

Cameron Jackon (Picture courtesy Jackson family)

April 23, 2010 3:47:48 PM PDT
If you spend a few minutes with 9-year-old Cameron Jackson, it's easy to see why he's inspired so many. Cameron's shining spirit makes it hard to believe that he's fighting a tough battle.

"I have a brain tumor called medulloblastoma," he explained.

"Cameron was diagnosed in February 2008," said his mom Leann Jackson. "When the doctor came in, we got the shocker of our lives."

Cameron's diagnosis led him and his family from their home in Apex to Duke's brain tumor center for intense treatment of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.

"I know that I'm with the best people in the world to treat my child," said Leann. "And as a mom who has a sick little boy, I couldn't ask for anything better."

Duke's doctors have been impressed with Cameron's spirit.

"He's been through hell [because of] some of the treatments I've put him through, but he always comes out with a smile," said Dr. Sri Gururangan.

"There was a lot to smile about-when Cameron's cancer went into remission. But in March, there was heartbreaking news. It had returned.

"Last year our team shirts said on the back 'Cancer free since 2008.' This year they don't read that and that's hard," said Leann.

But, Cameron is courageous - walking through treatment again and moving hundreds to walk with him. He has the largest team for the Angels Among Us 5k and Family Fun Walk Saturday at Duke to raise money for the brain tumor center.

"I think its team Action Jackson," he said. "We sold lemonade last Saturday so I raised money for 10 dollars and 80 cents."

"We have almost 180 people on our team," said Leann.

In fact, teams all over the country just like Cameron's spend a good part of the year raising money for the brain tumor center at Duke for Angels Among us. Last year, they raised more than $1.4 million and every cent of that goes back into the center.

"All the money goes to funding laboratory research that is directed towards adult and pediatric brain tumors," explained Gururangan.

And the way Cameron isn't letting his brain tumor dampen his spirit is the reason he's so inspiring.

"He does not worry in the least about tomorrow and he takes it one day at a time and just makes the best of everyday," said Leann.

"He's my hero," said Gururangan.

For more about Angels Among Us, go to www.angelsamongus.org

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