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Cameron DeRoon: A mother knows, a hospital heals

A mother just knows when something’s wrong. Two weeks had gone by and Pamela and Mike Deroon’s son, Cameron, still had no relief from pain medicine for persistent leg pain, fever, and bruising.

Desperate to help their child, the Deroons, of Elmont, Texas, took their four-year-old son to an emergency room. Tests revealed abnormal blood counts, and so caregivers made arrangements to transfer Cameron to Scott & White immediately for additional evaluation. Guy Grayson, MD, a pediatric hematologist/oncologist, delivered the news to the Deerons: Cameron had Burkitt’s lymphoma, a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

One year in remission

Seven weeks of tests, chemotherapy and hospitalization left Cameron weak, and needing to relearn how to walk. With the help of his team at the Children’s Hospital, and close bonds with his nurse and child life specialists, Cameron pulled through.

His daddy took him to his first doctor’s appointment after he was discharged, and Cameron is now one year in remission. He is now doing a lot of things any other five-year-old would do—attending school, playing t-ball and as a special treat; he will soon race go-karts with his older sister, Britney.

"We were pretty overwhelmed when we learned Cameron had cancer, and it broke our hearts to see the pain he endured," says Mrs. Deroon. "But Dr. Grayson is the best doctor I’ve ever seen. He was always there to calm me down too."