By: Kenny Morales
May 23, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A few weeks ago, Sam and Michelle Brown were preparing to see their son Cam, a senior at Florida High, walk across the stage and begin the next chapter of his life. A standout linebacker and wrestler for the Seminoles, Cam signed with Western Carolina University for football back in February.
Their excitement however, quickly turned into heartache. That's because Cam was recently diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer.
"My very first initial thought was football, very first thing that came out of my head was, am I going to be able to play football again?" said Brown. "After that it was just, if not, when do I get healthy. How long is this going to take and what all do I have to do?"
The cancer originated in his left leg. But by the time the doctors found it, it already had spread to his left leg and his lungs.
"He's already started his chemo, he had two rounds already. We'll be going back in a couple weeks and spending about three weeks down there for a different chemo. Basically they're having to be really, really aggressive with the type of cancer he has," said Cam's father, Sam Brown."
As good of a football player as Cam is, he's an even greater person. That becomes clear as day once you see how many people, not just in the Florida High community, but across the state, have reached out to Cam and his family to help out.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Cam and his family with medical bills. In just a few short weeks, more than $7,000 has been raised.
Just like his opponents on the field, Cam plants to hit cancer hard.
"A lot of people have been showing support, more than I even thought that I knew. So knowing that I have a bunch of people behind me, family, friends, coaches. There's no doubt in my mind I won't be able to prevail. It's just something else I have to get through," Cam says.
To view the GoFundMe page set up for Cam, click here.