Diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Cameron Crider has a long road to travel medically and physically.
“Cameron was diagnosed on May 9, 2013 and has been receiving chemotherapy treatments at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio since that time,” said his mother, Ashley. “The doctors have said he will have to take treatments until July 2016. He is taking chemotherapy pills at home now, but he has to go to the hospital once a month for further treatment. The doctors are telling us he is in remission right now.”
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a blood cancer that affects the white blood cells. This type of leukemia can occur at any age, but is most common in children ages 2 to 5 and adults over the age of 50.
“Cameron got to where he couldn’t walk for about six or seven months because of the pain. He’s just now getting his strength back,” said his mother. “He lost all his hair, but it’s starting to grow back too.”
Cameron, listening to the conversation, said he decided to get stronger when he saw his brothers — Hunter, 6, and Connor, 3 — outside playing.
“I wanted to go outside and play with them so bad,” said Cameron.
A second-grade student, Cameron, 8, attended Rosspoint Elementary School last year. He is on the homebound education program now because of a low immune system and a port, inserted into his chest for treatments.
Playing basketball and Little League baseball in the past, Cameron said he misses it “a lot.”
“I like watching TV now. My favorite show is ‘Teen Titans Go,” said Cameron. “I have a scooter and I like riding it when I can and I like to draw.”
Cameron’s mother said her son has a real talent for art and feels “one day he may be an artist.”
“We’re hosting a roadblock on Saturday on the Walmart bridge in Harlan,” said Ashley. “My husband and the children’s father, Tracy, is laid off right now and we have been struggling financially. We have to travel to Cincinnati once a month, stay in a motel room one night and pay for our food, which has been hard for us. We’re just asking people to help if they can. We’d really appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts.”
A valentine’s benefit party will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 14 at the National Guard Armory in Harlan. It is being hosted by Ronnie Dale, of Harlan. There will be a variety of music, concessions and an auction. Bring your sweetheart and enjoy the party. Admission is free.
Anyone wishing to donate to the Cameron Crider Medical Fund at the Bank of Harlan may stop by the bank or mail a donation to: The Bank of Harlan, P.O. Box 919, Harlan, Ky. 40831. You may also contact the family at 606-574-9308.
The Criders live at Baxter.
Nola Sizemore may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 115, or on Twitter @Nola_hde