BENEFITING: Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana
ORGANIZER: Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana
EVENT: W.I.S.H. Indiana
Camden loves to play football and baseball. He also enjoys being outdoors, exploring new places, and spending time with his family and friends.
At age 13, Camden was diagnosed with Philadelphia chromosome positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), a fast-growing cancer of a type of white blood cells called lymphocites. Normal lymphocites help your body fight infections. In ALL, the lymphocites are cancerous and do not fight infections well.
Camden received chemotherapy monthly for six months at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, often experiencing tough side effects, until he finally reached remission. He then had radiation and a bone marrow (stem cell) transplant at Riley Children's Hospital, which kept him there for about four weeks. Camden was not allowed to go to school from the time of his diagnosis until his immune system was safe after the transplant, so he did homebound instruction with teachers from his school to finish 7th grade and for all of 8th grade.
Despite Camden's challenges and frequent hospital visits, he has maintained a positive attitude. After going through all of his childhood immunizations again, he was able to go back to school for 9th grade. Today, at age 16, he has been able to return to being an A student and continue playing football and baseball! Camden has also joined student council.
Inspired by his love of travel, new experiences, and animals, Camden has wished to take a special trip to Hawaii, a place he has never been before. He is excited about spending time with his family, swimming with dolphins, and taking a helicopter tour. The anticipation of Camden's wish will provide hope, strength, and joy to him and his wonderful family.
A wish come true is an essential part of the treatment process for all Wish kids, as it helps renew a child's fighting spirit. Health professionals who treat Wish kids, including nurses and doctors, overwhelmingly believe that the wish experience positively influences a child's emotional AND physical health.
Thank you for making wishes like Camden’s come true!