AXTELL (January 2, 2013)—17-year-old student and athlete of Axtell High School Cameron Garland passed away Wednesday after contracting an infection, only months after being diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
Students at the school and family friends say his strength was “fascinating to watch” and called him a “fighter.”
According to a family friend, earlier in the year, the Garlands found out Cameron’s younger sister has an aneurysm and she says the medical bills for both children are mounting.
“Hearts are broken for this family and although they are the last to ask for help, they can’t continue to afford their stay in hotels, gas for their car, food and medical bills,” a family friend said.
Cameron battled an infection that came on just before Christmas and medicines were unable to treat it.
A candlelight vigil will be held Thursday for Cameron at 8 p.m. on the Axtell Football Field to celebrate his life.
The community is encouraged to wear orange or red to show their support for the Longhorns football player.
A fund has been set up to offset the medical expenses at American Bank under the name “Fighting with Cam.”