Pat Tucker babysat me everyday when I was little when my mom would go to work. Cameron and I were the same age so Pat thought we would enjoy playing together, she was right. Even at a young age, Cameron was one of the friendliest and most kind hearted person. We immediately became best friends as soon as we spent one day together. Every morning I would wake up anxious and excited to go to Pat’s house just so I could see Cameron. He could make me giggle and smile for hours upon hours. My mom told me one day when she picked me up that I looked at her in the car and said, “Mom, I really really love Cameron. We never fight and he’s my best friend.” I had many childhood friends but none of them made imprint on my heart like Cameron did. He showed me what kind of person we should all be. Even though we grew apart growing up because of going to different schools, I still will never ever forget the first boy who showed me that all boys don’t have cooties! I hope you know how big of an impact your son had on my life even though it was so long ago. I feel so unbelievably fortunate to have known him and will continue to think about him everyday. He left a legacy down here on earth and so many are better people because of him. God Bless your family and just know that he is still here and always will be.
I just thought of another good one. Logan, Cameron, and I were playing paintball in the woods behind the house, and no matter where Logan and I ran Cameron kept hitting us. After about an hour of getting pegged constantly by paintballs Logan and I gave up and yelled for Cameron to come out. He just started laughing and then we looked up. He was about 40 feet up in a tree. It didn’t matter where we hid. 🙂
The best thing now is remembering the great times I had with Cameron so here are a couple of my favorite stories. March 1998- Everyone was at my house for the regional championship game of Duke v. UK, and although everyone else was packed around the tv cheering, Cameron and I put up a fake basketball hoop on the door behind the living room and acted it out. I was Jeff Shepard and he was Cameron Mills and we acted out the entire game! Then when Kentucky won the game and everyone cheered Cameron and I celebrated because we felt just as much a part of the winning team as the real players. Every time I watch a Kentucky game now I remember all of our great games. When I was about 12 and Cameron was 10 we found two wooden posts in the basement of their house and painted them green and blue, put duct tape around the bottom and called them lightsabers. We had a great time playing star wars for the next couple hours until David came home and was furious with us for ruining the wooden posts he needed to build their bunk beds. I still have mine 🙂 That same summer we spent the night at each others house and Pat’s house for over 2 months straight without separating! We were literally inseparable and had a great time just playing legos and running around outside. Finally this past summer we started hanging out again for the first time in years. We played disc golf, FIFA, and soccer a couple times a week all summer. I thank God every day that we reconnected before he passed. I regret that we didn’t get to spend more time together. I miss you Cam, I love you Batsons and Tuckers.
Great website- word of mouth is the best way to spread the word! Hope and pray for your family everyday!
Hello Batson’s! What a beautiful tribute and legacy for your son. I loved looking at Camron’s pictures. How can I find out more information about the event on April 22nd? Thinking of you guys!
–Jill (Ayres) Shepherd
I’m not exactly sure if this is what this is for. But I just wanted to wish you guys the best of luck. I think that what you are doing is amazing. And I’m also terribly sorry that this whole situation has happened to you. I am a heart patient myself, though of something different. I know how scary and terrible it can be to deal with that and go through. But I believe that God is always with us and that he is looking down on you right now with great love. I do hope that everything works out for you and you continue with what you are doing because I believe that you truly are doing God’s work to make more people aware. God bless you,and thank you.