Family says farewell
By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au
ALTHOUGH the Brown family had known for a number of years their son Cameron was dying, they never really thought he would.
Cameron, known fondly as Cam or "scooter boy'' by close family and friends, died on Thursday night after suffering a terminal heart condition for the past six years.
Mum, Lyn, said while the family had known 14-year-old Cam was dying, they were not prepared for it.
"I guess we just never thought of it and put it to the back of our minds ? there were no signs, he was just the same Cam,'' she said.
Mrs Brown said the night before Cam died, he had watched his favourite program ? wrestling ? on television "like he always did'' and on Thursday night had a friend to sleep over.
"He'd had a nice night, they sat up reading and there was no signs of pain or anything ? we noticed he was more out of breath and tired recently, but that was something that just used to come and go with Cam,'' Mrs Brown said.
She said the family had already bought Cameron's Christmas present ? a bar fridge ? but had now organised to return the gift.
"All he wanted was a bar fridge for his chocolates and softdrinks, so he could stay in his airconditioned room and play on his computers,'' Mrs Brown said.
She said the Aussie Kidz charity had donated a laptop to Cameron in 2003, and the previous year the Variety Club had donated a motorised scooter to assist him travel around high school.
"The scooter was his legs...and the laptop was his lifeline ? everywhere we went the laptop went with us, in the car, on holidays,'' she said.
Mrs Brown said Cameron never once complained about his heart condition or asked "why me?''
"He was quite happy to be in his room with friends, playing computer games ... and when he wasn't doing that he was watching wrestling or playing with his wrestling figurines,'' Mrs Brown said.
She said his favourite wrestling star was 'The Undertaker' and Cam would have loved to have met him on a recent trip down to Brisbane to watch the sport.
"He was really obsessed with his wrestling ? after he got to see it thanks to tickets given to him by some special friends, he was pumped for a long time afterwards,'' she said.
Mrs Brown said family friends, Wayne and Mary-Anne Franks had been a "lifeline'' for Cam and the family and they "wouldn't be anywhere without them''.
She said the family had received a lot of support and help from family and friends, and asked that instead of flowers being sent in memory of Cam, if people could donate money to the Heart-To-Heart Foundation at the Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane, it would help other sick children with similar heart conditions.
Cameron's funeral will be held today from 10am at the Marina.