Most 2-year-olds spend their day playing with their friends and discovering the world around them. Cameron Walter, an active 2-year-old from Vermillion, spends most of her days receiving chemo and recovering from the side effects of the treatment.
On June 1, Cameron was a normal 2-year-old. She had recently completed a kids’ race wearing her pink princess cowboy boots. The next day, she woke up feeling a little sick. By Monday, she was running a fever so her mother, Katie Walter, decided a visit to the clinic was in order. Dr. Searcy examined her for strep and noticed her left lung didn’t sound quite normal. An X-ray was taken to check for pneumonia, but instead showed a mass in her chest.
Cameron was taken to Sanford’s Children Hospital (a.k.a. The Castle) and was diagnosed with an anterior mediastina tumor sitting behind her sternum. Further testing determined that Cameron had Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
She has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments along with blood transfusions and platelet infusions. Cameron is currently fighting a virus that has depleted her ANC count. Her mother Katie Walter, a physical therapist at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center, has been by her side through this entire journey.
“We continue to wait and pray,” says her mother Katie. Cameron also has a big sister, Kassie, who is 4. They are members at St Agnes Parish and live in Vermillion. Her father, Derrick, lives in Bridgewater and farms.
A benefit will be held on Sept. 28 at the Eagles Club in Vermillion, for Cameron and her family. Hayrides will be available starting at 4:30 p.m. with a dinner, bake sale, and silent auction starting at 5 p.m. A live auction with Gary Madsen will begin at 7 p.m.
Special thanks to the meal donation from Sanford Vermillion, financial donations from Thrivent and Modern Woodman, hayrides by Heine Farms, auction donations from Midwest Ready Mix, USD Athletics, Best Western, Raziels, Coyote Twin/Vermillion Theatre, Pump ‘n Stuff, Holiday Inn, Taco Johns, Cherry Street Grille, Howlers and numerous Vermillion businesses to be mentioned at the benefit.
If you are unable to attend the benefit and wish to make a donation, contact Lisa Terwilliger at (515) 351-9578.