By Belinda M. Paschal
PIQUA — Cameron Forror’s wish was to go to Disneyworld. Thanks to A Special Wish Foundation, the Piqua teen’s dream became a reality.
Buoyed by the memories of that trip after their son’s passing in 2008, his parents have strived to keep Cameron’s memory alive and “pay it forward” by helping other kids battling life-threatening diseases have their wishes granted, too.
Born with esophageal artresia and DiGeorge syndrome, Cameron dealt with numerous health issues during his short life, but his smile and spirit live on through Cameron’s Smile, an annual 5K run that has been held for five years.
“In 2006, A Special Wish granted Cameron’s wish, so this is our way of giving back, as well as keeping his memory alive,” said Tonya Forror, Cameron’s mother.
This year’s event is set for 2 p.m. Sept. 7 at Edison Community College. In addition to the 5K run, there will be raffles for an adult bike and a hand-crafted shelving unit.
Early registration ends today and costs $20, which includes a T-shirt. After today, registration is $25, with no guarantee of a shirt. Runners can register at www.speedy-feet.com.
Tonya Forror said the event usually draws between 170 and 200 participants, but that numbers have been down this year. She’s hoping to drum up interest in the run, which benefits A Special Wish Foundation. This year, the organization will be granting the wish of a Troy 10-year-old named Annabelle, who is battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Forror said.
“We have about 50 people right now and we would like to get more people out for this great cause,” she said.
A Special Wish Foundation grants wishes to local youth, from birth to age 20, who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening disorder. Since 1983, the foundation has granted more than 1,600 wishes. For more information about A Special Wish, visit www.aspecialwish.org.
Belinda M. Paschal can be reached at (937) 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall.