Kameron, 6, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

Young cancer patient is wise beyond his years

At the tender age of 6, Kameron Moore is a long-term cancer survivor, and he knows that life is a gift. At just a year old, Kameron started having unexplained nosebleeds and severe fevers.  His concerned parents, Kim and Donald, took him to the pediatrician for answers.  The doctor assured them that it was a bad cold and sent them home with antibiotics.

(2006) – Suddenly Kameron’s condition deteriorated. Kim noticed that his feet were swollen.  “I knew something was very wrong so I called the pediatrician and explained what was happening,” she said.  “He told us to get to Texas Children’s Hospital as fast as we could.”

Kameron was rushed to Texas Children’s emergency room and then routed to Texas Children’s Cancer Center where he went through a battery of tests.  Within hours, Kameron was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer.

“When Kameron got cancer, the whole family got cancer,” said Kim.  “It was absolutely devastating and it turned our world upside down.”

Kim was forced to quit her new job to focus full-time on Kameron.  Donald, a patrol officer with the Houston Police Department, often was away working long shifts to continue to provide for the family.

“From the very beginning, Texas Children’s staff explained every step of the treatment plan or what they call a roadmap. I cannot say enough about the incredible people who work here and the quality care they provide to every child,” she said.

Kameron immediately began intensive chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

It wasn’t long until the Moores were integrated into what most patients call “the Cancer Center family.”

“I felt like we had an extended family here.  They really looked out for what was best physically and emotionally for Kameron and my two older children—that’s what family does,” Kim explained.

Today, now off treatment, Kameron is in remission and progressing wonderfully.

“The doctors said there is no evidence of disease. I’m claiming he’s cured, thank the lord,” she said. Kim describes Kameron as a silly, funny kid who’s loved by his teachers and classmates.

Even though Kameron has no memory of his ordeal, Kim says it left him remarkably attuned to other people’s emotions.  “On the way home from school one afternoon—out of the blue—Kameron told me that he was concerned about the kids in his class who didn’t have anyone to sit with at lunch,” she said.  “He wanted to know what he could do to make them feel better.”

“For him to show that kind of care at his age is remarkable, and I think it made him wise beyond his years,” she continued.  “I know that deep down his soul is grateful.”