NEWARK, Del. (June 25, 2015): Cameron Bonney has been battling for her life since 2008. She’s fought cancer, bone marrow treatments, a total knee replacement, and blood clot in her heart, yet still managed to successfully finish her first year of college. It’s been a very long road for the Newark, DE, teen, one that she definitely deserves a break from.
In steps Kids Wish Network; the children’s charity recently granted Cameron’s wish for a tropical beach vacation, the perfect setting for the teen to get some much-deserved relaxation time.
“It really is a blessing,” said Cameron’s dad, Paul Bonney. “Kids Wish Network does real work for real families.”
Cameron was only 12 when she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the white blood cells. She immediately started chemotherapy treatment, underwent seven rounds and had two bone marrow transplants. But in June 2010, Cameron’s body rejected the second transplant, and she needed more harrowing treatments.
Her body was so broken down, that Cameron was also diagnosed with chronic scleradormatous, a disorder that restricts movement as a result of built-up collagen between the muscle and skin. The new treatments started for both her cancer and the scleradormatous caused a reduction in blood flow to her bones, making them crumble. Cameron soon needed a total knee replacement.
Then, as Cameron finished her first semester of community college, doctors discovered a blood clot in the right atrium of her heart. The first attempt to treat the clot was unsuccessful, and Cameron underwent surgery for its removal in December last year. She currently needs several medications to manage her conditions and is still recovering from her knee replacement.
Despite her struggles, Cameron is a caring and resilient teen who loves to spend time with her family and friends. Her biggest wish was for a tropical beach vacation so Kids Wish Network sent her on a memorable trip to Key West.
“It was better than I expected,” said Cameron.
The teen enjoyed an unforgettable wish trip to the Florida Keys that included tours of the historic area, a boat cruise, dolphin sighting, kayaking, snorkeling, and more. The entire island helped make Cameron’s wish trip a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
“I think to come down with her and to see the joy on her face for this week that we’re together, how do you put words to that?” adds Paul.
On behalf of Cameron and her family, Kids Wish Network would like to thank all the sponsors that made Cameron’s wish come true: Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel, Gourmet Nibbles & Basket, Conch Train Tour, Sunset Water Sports, Fury Water Adventure, Enterprise Car Rental, Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium, and Kermit’s Key Lime Pie.
Cameron still faces issues dealing with her conditions but is hopeful for the future. She completed her first year of community college and is dedicated to helping others.
Kids Wish Network is a national charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. Visit www.kidswishnetwork.org to learn more and find out how you can help makes dreams come true and sponsor a wish for a deserving child.
You can watch Cameron’s interview with Good Morning Florida Keys here: