THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Firefighters in Thomasville are working on a different kind of rescue. They’re helping a 7-year-old with cancer cross items off his bucket list.
Cameron Hill is battling an illness that can’t be cured. When he was four years old, he was diagnosed with liver cancer.
This week, he’s celebrating his seventh birthday and spending time with his new best friend, Fair Grove Fire Department Lieutenant Jake Connor.
Connor and his fellow firefighters are helping Cameron do everything on his bucket list.
“My Dad is a pilot and one of the ladies said that he would like to go on a plane ride. So I said that’s no problem. And he went on a plane ride the next day,” Connor said.
They took Cameron to meet two of his favorite race car drivers, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Bobby Labonte.
Today, it was a ride in the fire truck and squirting the fire hose back at the station.
The department is still hoping to do more with Cameron.
They’ve emptied out their firemen’s fund to help with his medical bills and are hosting a bike ride in August.
All the firefighters agree that Cameron Hill is one brave little fighter.
“I think about him all the time. He’s a big part of my life. I want to do what I can while I can,” Connor said.
“Cameron’s Ride,” a fundraiser for Cameron, is planned for Saturday, August 16. The bike ride is planned for 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. with lunch and live music at noon. It will start at Tilley’s Harley Davidson in Salisbury and end at the Fair Grove Fire Department.
Participants can pre-register for the event at the Fair Grove Fire Department. The cost is $20 per bike.
Monetary donations can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank location. The fund set there is is called Cameron’s Ride.