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There are 15 comments on Cameron Monesmith Got Cancer, Had Two Brain Surgeries, and Now He’s Ready to Graduate

  1. To Cam . Thank you for inspiration beyond anything I can imagine. Resilience is a commanding concept but what you have done and continue to do needs a new word. On behalf of the Questrom community, thank you Cam for these lessons in living, the experience of life itself, and the undeniable power of the love of family and friends through it all.

  2. What an incredible story! Cameron, you are an amazing individual with such a beautiful outlook on life. You are an inspiration to us. I’m sending you and your parents hugs and warm wishes.

    1. Our family is beyond grateful to the BU community (students, professors, Lindsey Itzkowitz, BU Parents United, and so many more), all of whom wrapped not only Cam, but all of us in love and support this past year! Thank you, it helped us enormously!

      1. As a parent who is a member of BU Parents United, I followed Cam’s odyssey. The support of his family and friends will continue to be integral in his truly meaningful life.
        My husband is 26 year post stem cell transplant for stage IV cancer. He lives a full life. We lost one son after two open heart surgeries. Our other son is currently a Junior at BU.
        By sharing his story, Cam is reminding us to embrace life. All the best to you and your family.

  3. The Boston brain tumor community wishes Cameron all the best! As a faculty member, I’ve been there, and understand the unique challenges of dealing with brain cancer in academia. The National Brain Tumor Society is an excellent resource.

  4. Wow! Inspirational and heartwarming. Cam’s commitment and resilience in the face of extreme adversity is beyond impressive. Telling his story will undoubtedly provide others who face similar challenges with hope and the rest of us to appreciate the little things more. Best wishes as Cam finishes his senior year!

  5. I’m In awe Regarding His Determination Not Give Up and avoid Feeling Sorry For Himself Inspite All He Has Experience an Truly Remarkable Story Of Perseverance and I Really Appreciate The Support His Parents and Friends Gave Him Although It Wasn’t Easy At all For Them TO Bear Suffering That Was Affecting Him.

  6. >>He’s remained determined to push forward no matter the setbacks, to appreciate his opportunities and his loved ones.

    OK brother, I don’t know you personally, but you are now on the top of the list of people I admire, next to pretty significant people, mind you!

    I’ll keep you in my thoughts and will practice tree gazing with more awe.
    You got this, Cam …

  7. What a fantastic piece about Cam! It truly captures what a special individual Cam is. He has been a friend of mine at BU and beyond for many years now, and I can truly say he embodies endurance in every sense of the word. Kind, caring, and humble – Cam is a treasure to the BU community and has inspired so many.

    You’re the man Cam! So proud of you bro <3

  8. What a remarkable and inspiring demonstration of resiliency and determination. Thank you to Cam and his family for sharing their story with the Boston University community.

  9. Simply miraculous, and inspiring beyond description. Anyone who befriends Cam, or hires him, will be lucky to have him in their lives beyond their wildest imagination. Very moved by his courage.

  10. Friend of your Aunt Lisa,
    Cam, you’re amazing and I hope to meet you someday.
    God Bless you and continue to walk with you!

    You are proof the man I pray to is an Awesome God!

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