Team Cam Day!
Cameron Lewis and Denva Smith are seen above, on Team Cam Day Friday.
If you went anywhere in Manchester Friday, you were probably seeing a lot of green.
What began as a fund raising project to help curb costs brought on a family in the middle of a cancer fight morphed into a movement Friday in Manchester.
It was dubbed on Facebook as “Team Cam Day”, and literally hundreds of posts were made of people in Manchester wearing green and purple tee shirts that read, “Team Cam”.
Proceeds made from the sale of the tee shirts went to the family of Cameron Lewis, a 22-year-old currently in the midst of his second battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Close to 1,500 tee shirts were sold for Team Cam Day.
Carla Hacker Lewis, Cam’s mother, and Cam, were at Markey Cancer Center when they first found out about Shannon Hensley’s idea to create Team Cam tee shirts.
“Cam had already received his high-dose chemotherapy and had received his stem cell transplant. He was so very sick, so weak, and so homesick. He was discouraged about being in the hospital for such a long time, and when I told him about what was going on back home, a huge smile flashed across his face,” says Carla.
Carla says that Cameron has always been a strong and determined fighter, but even the strongest of fighters get down in the dumps from time to time, along with being sick and weak.
“The people of Manchester will never know the happiness they brought to Cam by joining together and supporting him, and showing him that his community is standing behind him,” said Carla.
Cameron’s mother says it’s hard for her to describe how she felt Friday.
“I am so humbled and proud to know that so many people wanted to help my family and show their love and support for Cam. From the bottom of my heart, I want to say thank you, and I will never forget how happy you made my son, when his days were the darkest. I think it gave him a little extra boost to keep on fighting and to be sure he was out of the hospital by September 30, which he was!” says Carla.
Carla says that Cam’s doctors and nurses at Markey Cancer Center were amazed at the show of love and support, as Cam shared it with them when they came in the room.
“I think it’s pretty cool that everybody got together to show their support for me. I will never forget how happy I felt to know that each Team Cam shirt was somebody that cared enough to help me and my family during my sickness,” says Cameron.
Cam is getting stronger each and every day.
According to his mother, he returns to the doctor on October 10 for a PET scan to make sure that he doesn’t have any cancer in his body.
Carla says his doctors are optimistic that the stem cell transplant will cure Cameron of his cancer.
During the Hallelujah parade Friday, a group of Team Cam tee shirt wearers marched through downtown Manchester.
“One thing that stood out in my mind when I saw the sea of green shirts Friday, was that each and every shirt that most of those people had said a prayer for Cam, Corey, and myself. And that heaven had been overwhelmed with prayers on our behalf, and I started to cry,”” says Carla. “I have always been proud to be from Clay County, but I have never been more proud of my community than I was at that moment. For a community to come together and help a family that needed to be lifted up, I was honored to be a part of this event. I will never forget how generous and supportive my community has been. I am overwhelmed with love.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:32