Cameron Cooksey, Age 9
Diagnosis: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
Last year, Cameron and his family were on their annual December vacation when his mom, Stephanie, noticed that he was really tired and had a few bruises on his legs. They had visited a few amusement parks and the beach, so she thought he might have bumped his legs while playing.
When they returned home, she took him to his local pediatrician where tests revealed he might have cancer. Soon, Cameron's diagnosis would be confirmed at Children's Medical Center - he had acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Cameron spent the first month of his treatment at Children's, but is now in the maintenance phase.
One of Cameron's toughest moments was when he lost his hair. When he saw himself in the mirror, he said, "I look like a monster."
Before Cameron returned to school, two Children's child life specialists visited his school and helped his classmates understand cancer in order to help him reintegrate into the school setting.
"Cameron is stronger than I ever imagined," said his mom, Stephanie. "Everything we've been through has taught me to let go of the little things."
Cameron is currently in the fourth grade. He enjoys drawing, reading, playing video games and Pokémon.×