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'Make it Happen' kid's hospital visit inspires new way to give back

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By Kacie Goode

About a year after he led a community service project to help the homeless, a local grade-schooler will undergo a major operation to address a rare genetic disorder.

Cambron Blair, 10, was diagnosed in March with familial adenomatous polyposis, a disorder that causes abnormal growths and tumors to form in the gastrointestinal tract. Because Cambron’s growths have formed in his large intestine, he stands a nearly 100-percent chance of developing colon cancer if left untreated.

Because of the disorder’s severity, Cambron will have surgery on Nov. 22 to remove his entire colon.

Last year, Cambron, with the help of the community, collected more than 3,300 winter items to help keep the homeless in Nelson County and Louisville warm. In a Facebook post this summer using his mother’s account, Cambron, referenced the project and his plans to continue the initiative in a different way.

“Helping the less fortunate taught me so many lessons at only 10 years old,” Cambron says in the post. “One of the most important lessons I learned was not to take anything in life for granted.”

After his diagnosis in March, Cambron had his first encounter with Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville, and then another encounter this summer after a bike crash, which required him to spend five days in an isolation room for an infection.

“On the second day, just when I felt like the walls were starting to cave in, this awesome lady came in and saved the day. She wheeled in this cart with a TV sitting on it and an Xbox underneath,” he said in the post. “But that’s not what caught my eye, it was a gold plate on the side of the cart that said, ‘donated by Boy Scouts of America.’ That’s when I had my moment, the exact same feeling I had when I saw that homeless man, the feeling that I knew I had to do something.”

After his hospital stay, Cambron decided to extend his Make it Happen initiative this year by collecting new packaged toys for a mobile treasure chest, and new and used video games, consoles and televisions for gaming carts to help bring smiles to the faces of hospitalized children.

“My mom tells me all the time ‘when you’re happy, I’m happy. When you smile, I smile.’ That is exactly what I want to do, I want to make another kid smile and also their family,” he said.

Cambron is currently taking donations and is planning to distribute items around Christmastime.

Being an active member of his school’s Beta chapter, he will also be working with his fellow club members to “make it happen.”

Those looking to contribute to the project can contact makeithappenwithcam@gmail.com.

Sister selling bracelets to support brother

Brooklyn Blair, Cambron’s older sister, is selling bracelets to help with expenses associated with her brother’s treatment and hospital stays.

“I wanted to do something to help him like he’s helped others. It was time for someone to have Cam’s back,” Brooklyn said. “I know how hard it can be on my parents, taking off work while in the hospital with him, and I wanted to take as much stress off as possible.”

Brooklyn is selling blue bracelets in two different styles, one with Cambron’s name and the words “No One Fights Alone” and another with the words “Fight With Cam.”

The bracelets are $3 each and anyone interested in purchasing one can email makeithappenwithcam@gmail.com. To date, Brooklyn has already sold 300 bracelets.

“Cambron has helped so many people, and I’ve seen the smile it has brought to their eyes, and I just want to bring the same back to his,” Brooklyn said.