But the most important title so far is cancer survivor.
“Nothing ever prepares you to hear those words that your child has cancer,” said his mother Susanne Baker. “But from day one, there was always a sense of hope.”
Cameron was diagnosed with stage five Wilms’ tumor, a rare form of kidney cancer, in the fall of 2020. On Wednesday, he and his family celebrated their last chemotherapy treatment.
“Today was happy and a little sad,” said Jason Baker, father. “Really, words cannot express the journey we have gone through.”
The monumental moment was made even more special by the Fraternal Order of Lake County Police who, along with officers from across northwestern Indiana, planned a special surprise ceremony, complete with full police escort and salute from the honor guard.
“We had Hammond, Merrillville and Crown Point,” said Jim Tomko, president of Lake County FOP Lodge #125. “We just ran it with the lights and sirens on and he was shocked.”
Cameron was amazed, surrounded by his personal heroes, while the officers were equally amazed at what this young man had overcome.
“He’s five years old and weighs 23 kilos. It’s amazing what this little boy has endured in the short life he’s had on this earth,” Tomko said.
“To have the end of our journey with cancer culminating in this celebration, and just the selfless acts of so many. It’s really incredibly moving,” said Susanne Baker.
Grateful that he has so much more life to live, Cameron’s parents say he’s already given them the inspiration they hope to spread to others.
“Cancer doesn’t have to be the end,” said Jason Baker. “You can fight. And you just have to make sure. He’s proven it. He’s Iron Man Cam.”
Cameron’s parents said their son’s positive attitude helped lead the family through the worst of times, while Cameron said his older brother, 10-year-old Weston, was his biggest supporter and cheerleader.
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