By Maya Vyas
For the Troy Daily News
PIQUA — Cameron Forror, a student at Piqua High School, was known for his contagious laugh, bright smile, and everlasting sense of humor.
Sadly, Cameron also suffered from many health issues and after complications from surgery he passed away on Sept. 5, 2008.
Before Cameron passed away, he was granted a wish by the Special Wish Foundation in 2006, allowing for him and his family to go to Disney World.
“Now that he’s gone we have these wonderful memories from that trip and that is why we decided to get involved with them,” said Cameron’s mom, Tonya Forror.
In Cameron’s memory, his family started the Cameron’s Smile 5K as a way to remember their son and give back to a great organization that grants wishes to children with life threatening illnesses.
This year, the 5K will be held on Sept. 13 at Edison Community College in Parking Lot 4. Registration starts at 1 p.m., followed by the race starting at 2 p.m. The cost to register for the 5K is $25 at this date.
“It is just a time for that child and their family to get away from the all of the doctor’s visits and hospitals,” Tonya Forror said, “to create some really great memories that will last that family forever.”
For the past six years the Forror family has held the Cameron’s Smile 5K, giving all of the proceeds to the Special Wish Foundation, and each year the 5K helps grant the wish of a child who suffers from a life threatening illness. This year the 5K will help grant the wish of 9-year-old Madison Grigsby who suffers from transerve myelitis, which is a rare inflammatory disease that damages the spinal cord. Madison is paralyzed from the waist down and will have to be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life.
In past years, Cameron’s Smile 5K has attracted anywhere from 175 to 200 people to come run for the cause.
“Last year we raised around 7,000 dollars” Tonya Forror said. “But of course I’m always looking to exceed the previous year.”
Along with the 5K, there will be door prizes raffled off and after the race there will be awards for all of the different age groups. Awards will also be given for the top three male and female runners.
You can sign up to run the 5K by picking up a form at the Piqua YMCA or going online to register at speedy-feet.com.