Cameron’s Cause is a foundation that was born out of tragedy. The foundation works to raise money to buy automated external defibrillators for area schools.

The foundation is named after Cameron Batson, an 18-year-old who died on a local soccer field in October 2010.

“There wasn’t an AED present on that field when Cameron went down and that was the hardest news to get — that possibly if an AED was present, he could have been here today,” Laura Batson, Cameron’s mother, said.

Cameron died from undiagnosed heart disease — a form of cardiomyopathy that caused a catastrophic event called sudden cardiac death.

Cameron’s father, David Batson, knows the statistics all too well.

“I believe it is still every two and half days in the United States a young athlete dies of sudden cardiac arrest,” David Batson said.

The Batsons found out that Cameron’s death was caused by a genetic condition when the coroner called and asked if they had other children.

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