Cameron Taylor

by Brittany Harris on January 8, 2011 at 4:57 am

"I want to be the first Tri-Valley kicker with a prosthetic," said Cameron Taylor who is working towards making that dream a reality.

The eight-year-old has endured more than most will in their entire lifetime. Last year, he was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer and had to have part of his left leg amputated. Overcoming some challenging obstacles has proven to be quite easy for this ambitious little boy.

"The reason why he’s out there, is for him, you can’t tell someone like Cameron that you can’t do something, because it just fires him up even more," said Alainna Amicone-Durfee of the Fieldhouse.

Alainna and her father Mic Amicone have been a part of Cameron’s recovery every step of the way, literally. Mic has been helping him strengthen the muscles he needs for his new prosthetic leg.

"From being told he couldn’t walk to riding a bike, playing tennis kicking field goals, yesterday he was showing a 24-year-old kid the correct way to kick a field goal," said Amicone-Durfee.

When asked about what advice he’d offer to other children in a situation similar to his, he had this to say, "I would just tell them to do it and then you’ll be done."

"It’s his attitude that changes not only our lives, but our members as well, there’s people in the community that really have no idea what Cameron’s going through until they see him that he’s a regular kid with a heart of gold," she said.

Cameron has four more rounds of chemotherapy to complete before doctors can conduct additional testing to find out if the cancer has spread.