7-year-old raises money for cancer research

HEALDTON, OK--While other elementary students are playing during recess, one little boy is raising money.

The bond between 7-year-old Kameron Howell and his Nana has always been a special one.

"We've really been close ever since he was born, when she first had him I called him my "bug a boo" so he's always been my bug," Teresa Ridenour, said.

"They can be inseparable. He loves being able to go over there especially without the rest of the kids, his brothers and sisters, just to be able to spend time with nana," Shannon Howell, said.

In May of 2011 Kameron's Grandma Teresa Ridenour was diagnosed with 2 different types of breast cancer.

"It was hard at first because we actually have a friend that passed away at 31 from cancer so he kinda seen that part of it so he didn't understand at first because it was during the same time as my mom getting diagnosed, he thought you know, you get diagnosed with cancer, nana isn't gonna be here no more," Howell, said.

Kameron's mom says he was determined to help.

"He came home all excited one day, he had a little flyer of everything you get to do, he said mom look you get to raise money for relay and its goes to the cancer people."

At Healdton Elementary, Kameron helped organize "Relay Recess" - which benefits the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

"He said I want to do at least $1,000, im going to make it," Howell, said.

In just two months, he did.


"He told me all this was for his nana and people like his nana. He's an exceptional child and I love him to death," Howell, said.

Last week, Ridenour and others fighting cancer gathered in the Healdton high school auditorium to watch the 7-year-old receive the Relay Recess award for top fundraiser.

"It was very sweet of him and I appreciate it very much. I love him to death," Ridenour, said.

While she's not currently seeking treatment for her cancer, she says she's instead, leaving it in the hands of God.

Now that school is out for the summer, Kameron says he plans to form a Relay for Life team and continue to help people who have cancer like his nana.

"Tell me how important your nana here is to you?"

"A million times more than that camera right there," Kameron Howell, said.

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  • by Norma Location: Texas on May 16, 2012 at 06:33 AM
    What a wonderful and dedicated child! One comment in story has me confused, however. It says the grandmother is not currently receiving treatment and is leaving it up to God. I am assuming she has already received surgery, radiation, and chemo. The reporter of this story should have made this clear. Otherwise, why would her grandson be donating money for cancer research if his grandmother wasn't taking advantage of treatment?
  • by Grinch Location: realville on May 16, 2012 at 06:21 AM
    Yes, he sounds like a wonderful kid, but the story is not. But let's not kid ourselves into thinking this will do more than give a warm fuzzy feeling, sort of like Santa Claus. The American Cancer Society and all the other fund raising disease related industry is geared to making money off emotion, not results. A staggering amount of money raised goes to raising more money, to pay benefits, pensions, bloated payrolls, luxury car service, first class travel and hotels, largely pointless research. They are in the business of raising money to maintain their business of raising money and the bloated bureaucracy that always arises out of such good intentions. If there were a charity fund that raised 10's of billions to fund a pile of cash to lay on a table (I'll donate the table) to be awarded to the first to find a cure, someone would find a cure and do it on a bare bones budget financed by private investment. We can't afford to keep buying warm fuzzy feelings. We need to buy results. And we also need more heroes like his Nana who are letting fate run it's course rather than selfishly taking resources from her grand kids and mine. I know a few who have made that same choice and I will do the same. If saving or extending my life means taking from others, I won't do it. Yeah, I know I'm mean----rational is often confused with mean and delusion is often confused with generosity. But what can be more immoral than borrowing trillions to fund a system designed to give us what we want and need and passing the IOU to our grand-kids? Yep, aren't we a great nation?! Some choose rationality, others have it thrust upon them, so brace yourselves.
  • by OkieGirl on May 15, 2012 at 10:52 PM
    How awesome is this!! I can only hope this reaches out and touches others like it did me and to show that every bit counts as long as its from the heart. If this young man can do it for his Nana and others we all should pitch in an give a lil' back!!! Rock On Kameron!!! Great Job!!!
  • by Memo Location: Oklahoma on May 15, 2012 at 08:28 AM
    What a blessing to have such an amazing young man for a grandson. I'm happy to see stories like this one. We need more people like this little boy in the world!
  • by Joey Location: Denison on May 14, 2012 at 10:20 PM
    An awesome story, and an even more awesome boy.
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