Fair Grove firefighters working to cross items off young cancer patient’s bucket list

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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.


  • FGFD

    Big thanks to Fox8 for assisting the Fire Department with this story. Cameron is a true hero and fighter and we just want to do what makes him happy at this difficult time in his life. The Fire Department has always been a brotherhood and we are just trying to help out a Friend, Brother in a time of need. Thats what it is all about taking care of our own in times of need.

  • Clint Patterson

    What else is on his bucket list?
    Any rock crawling in a jeep? If so please let me know
    Thank you

  • Tracyjo242

    I think that is really sweet of you guys to do this….More people should do this for cancer patients for i ‘m a 7 yrs breast cancer survivor.my last one was in 2012.

  • melissa

    this is a wonderful thing you guys are doing for Cam! I did a bike run for him a couple of years ago and he had a blast! If there or anything I can do to help you guys just let me know please! Cam is a blessing!

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