North Georgia teen loses cancer battle, but his family continues the fight
The life of a North Georgia teen is leaving a lasting impression in his community. Channel 3 has been following the story of 16-year-old Cameron Scroggins, a Gordon Lee High School student, in his fight against cancer. Cameron lost that battle early Saturday morning at his Chickamauga home.
Cameron put up a big fight against Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. He relapsed not once, not twice but four times. His brother was a perfect bone marrow match, but the news came too late. His mom hopes his story will encourage others to join the life-saving bone marrow registry.
"Cameron knew, he knew he was going to pass away. Cameron knew he wouldn't make it to Christmas. And he was okay with that. He said, 'Momma, I've done everything God had planned for me.' And I said, 'Okay?' And he said, 'Look at the impact I have left on this community.'"
Trina Robinson says though her son's life was short, he touched so many of those around him, including her.
"He never gave up. Things that me and you would have given up on a long time ago, Cameron stayed strong. That's what we all have to do. We have to stand back and say, 'If this 16-year-old kid can get through this, I can get through this,'" says Robinson.
Cameron was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in December 2012. When doctors determined he needed a bone marrow transplant, he and his family got to work, holding drives and encouraging others to join the transplant registry. Because of Cameron, more than 325 people are on the list that were not before.
"That gives me strength, knowing that my child was able to impact people he didn't know just from his courage and his strength," says Robinson.
Trina says she has found peace knowing Cameron's no longer in pain.
"I know Cameron's in heaven looking down on me. There's no doubt in my mind."
But she says he left this world with a determination that will never fade.
"His last words to me were, 'Momma, find a cure.'"
It is a mission she will fight for the rest of her life.
"Our goal from here out is to find a cure, so that no child, or no family has to bury their child again," says Robinson.
Visitation will continue Tuesday morning prior to the service, which will be held at 3:30 PM at Oakwood Baptist Church in Chickamauga.
Joining the bone marrow registry is easy. You can go to any local hospital or blood drive center and get your mouth swabbed.