Cameron's Missed Summer Work Fund
No one could have anticipated the event that occurred on June 6. While working at the butcher shop, Cameron’s right hand – his dominant hand – was pulled into a meat grinder. Doctors tried to save at least two of his fingers, but infection soon dictated an amputation at the wrist. Now, instead of enjoying carefree summer earning money to buy a truck, Cameron will endure hours of physical therapy as he adjusts to a new way of life.
When we hear stories like this, our first reaction is an overwhelming need to hug our children. Then we wish there was something we could do. As I watched my own son head off to his summer job I couldn’t help but think, wouldn’t it be nice if Cameron could still get his truck? This is something we can do to show our support. Let’s help Cameron get his truck. Cameron expected to earn $2600 from his summer job. Let’s help him reach this goal!
Mike shared that things are moving forward for Cameron every day. He was cast for a prosthetic hand yesterday. This will help with everyday tasks. It’s amazing what we, as two-handed people, take for granted. Cam had to buy a luffa sponge with a strap to place inside his elbow so he can wash his other hand and arm. Back scratchers also come in handy. Other challenges include cutting steak or chicken. The solution: a rocker knife, which was created by Native Americans in Alaska centuries ago. Cameron is also exploring solutions for playing video games – many of which are impossible for him at this point. He will be testing out a Logitech 16 button joy-stick later this week. Hopefully this device will allow him to participate with his buddies online again soon.
Many of the simple things we take for granted require innovative tricks and solutions for one-handed people. Cam still has a long road ahead of him. Let’s be sure to continue to show our support.
I asked Mike for an update on Cameron's progress and he shared the following:
Cameron is a tough minded young man. He has a great attitude and is working to become successful. There have been some frustrating moments - simple things like buckling his belt are a challenge. However, he is discovering tricks to accomplish these every day tasks.
He has chosen a couple of prosthetic hands. The first is called the Bebonic. This device will help with tasks like shaking hands, holding cups, writing and hopefully many other routine activities. The second prosthetic hand is based on a 1920 technology and is commonly called a "hook." This device will be used for physical activities that require muscle and force such as weight lifting, pushups, fishing, shooting, trimming hedges, changing tires, etc.
Cameron will begin PT and OT this week. Please show your support by donating what you can. Thank you!