YSSA October Newsletter: Member Spotlight
Cameron's Cause, founded in 2011, is a non-profit organization providing training and education on sudden cardiac arrest and other heart conditions. Since its inception in 2011, Cameron's Cause has donated over 65 AEDs and just recently donated an AED to the Haiti flood victims.
In 2010, Laura and Dave Batson experienced the worst tragedy in their family's history. Their 18-year old son, Cameron Kelly Batson, collapsed, while playing a pick-up game of soccer, with his younger brother. Within a few short minutes of Cameron's collapse, he was gone.
The week of Cameron's death was horrific for the family; so the Batson's did not dream it could be worse. However, as the cause of death was revealed as an undiagnosed heart ailment called Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia (ARVD), it got worse. A few hazy days after Cameron's death, his only other sibling, 15-year old Logan, was also diagnosed with the condition. Logan currently has an implantable defibrillator inside his chest to detect and treat any life threatening heart rhythms. Now a freshman in college, Logan must have checkups every six months and limit physical activity.
The Batson's encounter life day-to-day. One primary initative lies ahead of them: Laura and Dave want to protect Logan, as well as other children by gathering donations to provide AED devices to area school systems and athletic facilities, to educate the community on the importance of heart screenings and to create awareness of this and other cardiac disases.
On August 4, 2014, the Kenton Board of Education approved the Scott High School Soccer Field in Taylor Mill, KY to be named the Cameron Kelly Batson Field. Just a few weeks ago, on October 8, 2016, more than 300 friends and family of the Batson's gathered at the Cameron Kelly Batson Field, where Cameron fatally collapsed on October 6, 2010 for a balloon release and monument dedication in his memory and to honor the efforts of Cameron's Cause. Please visit cameronscausefoundation.org to read more about Cameron and Cameron's Cause.
YSSA member since September 8, 2016
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