Knox teen loses 11-year battle with cancer

… he had enough strength for all of us.

  • Scott Mullis

 

Cameron Mullis on a recent trip to the beach.
Cameron Mullis on a recent trip to the beach.

By Bobbie Poynter

Cameron Mullis was never robbed of his childhood. He didn’t feel sorry for himself. He never blamed God for what he didn’t have. But, he thanked Him often for everything he was given.

“Cameron was the most outgoing person,” said Scott Mullis, Cameron’s dad. “Whatever he was doing, he gave 110 percent. And he never forgot people.”

Mullis described his son as having the ability to easily connect with people. His son, he said, could walk up into a crowd of people and, in a matter of minutes, he would know every single one of them.

Cameron, he said, would ask about your family, and if you mentioned something being wrong with someone, Cameron would remember and ask you about it the next time he saw you.

“He would probably have been the next president – or something,” said his dad.

“He never let any of us give up hope. When we felt weak, he had enough strength for all of us.”

Cameron’s mother Susan said he was the hunter in the family.

“Cameron was so patient. He could sit and sit and sit and wait for a fish to bite.”

Cameron and his family were recently contacted by an organization, “Hunt of a Lifetime,” which his mom said was kind of like the Make Wish Foundation in that Hunt of a Lifetime was taking Cameron on a 10-day elk hunt. The trip would have been taking place about this time of year. As Cameron’s condition worsened the organizers tried to move the hunt to an earlier date. Everyone was trying to make it happen, his mother said, but in the end he never got the chance.

Cameron’s dad said his son was a true Christian, and he would profess his faith to anybody anywhere at any time.

“I never heard him say a bad word,” he said.

In and out of hospitals all his life, Cameron took advantage of modern technology and kept in touch with, not only his friends and family, but with people from across the country through Facebook and Skype. His parents also made sure he had a phone close by.

During the times when he was in remission, Cameron, attended school and was a student leader with First Priority. According to his First Priority Teacher Leader, Michelle Nelson, Cameron wanted to see all his friends saved. He was a dedicated leader, she said. At times when he was too sick to come to spend the day at school, he would have his parents bring him in for the Friday meeting, then take him home.

“He told the other students he should not be here, but he has a purpose in this life, just like they had a purpose in this life,” said Nelson.

Nelson had long talks with Cameron during the time she worked with him, and she said he always trusted God, no matter what kind of doctor’s report he received.

“He gave strength to the other students,” she said. “Seeing what he was going through, they seemed to complain less.”

Cameron’s story is well known, even in Nelson’s second grade class. Explaining his recent passing to her small students will not be easy.

“I have to tell them that after all the trials and pain he has been through, he is finally healed, but just not on this side.”

According to Nelson, the Bible verse that Cameron lived by is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

The Mullis family wants everyone to know they are very grateful for the community who has rallied around Cameron with prayers, cards and financial support over the past 10 years.

“We could not have made it without their support,” said Susan Mullis. Sometimes it’s been people who have never even laid eyes on him.”

At Cameron’s funeral Monday, people waited in line for as long as two hours to get to talk to his family. Many people gave testimonials to his parents about how their son made them better people.

“If there is any organization that I feel people can be faithful to, it’s the Kids Cancer Alliance,” said Susan Mullis. They not only sponsor an Indian Summer Camp for oncology patients at UK, but they also have sibling camps. It’s a time for the siblings to get pampered and showered with gifts for a change.

Throughout Cameron’s entire journey, his little brother Connor has been right there beside him, his mother explained. Connor has now attended sibling survivor camp for the past three years, and his parents are grateful for all the attention he receives at the camp.

“As the medals were being handed out at a survivor picnic in Lexington three years ago, Connor stood by patiently and waited for his medal,” Susan Mullis recalled. “He told the officials he earned one because he felt he was a cancer survivor, too.”

The Knox Central FFA Chapter recently presented Cameron with a membership jacket and made him an official member of the club. They also gave him a card that said his dues had been paid up for the year. Cameron was wearing his FFA jacket at his funeral as the chapter performed a pinning ceremony, and the club’s president, Jonathan Wells, pinned Cameron’s jacket with a newly-created pin in Cameron’s honor, which will be given out yearly to the outstanding member of the club.

“People often asked Cameron about the pain he was in,” said his mother, “and he would say he was fine. Someone once said, “God’s gonna heal you, Buddy,” and Cameron told him, ‘He’s done it before.’ He’s never doubted and, ultimately, he has been healed. He now has a perfect body in heaven.