About Cameron Bolton
Date of Birth: 11/16/1995
God’s plan for Cameron’s life has always been in his timing. While pregnant with Cameron, I went into labor three times before his due date. On November 16th, Cameron was born three weeks early. A week after bringing him home, he was hospitalized with critically high levels of bilirubin. After being in the hospital for a week, I could finally bring my baby boy home and watch him grow into an extraordinary young man. Beginning at a young age, Cameron was spontaneous, full of energy, and looking for adventure. He was calculated in his decisions but challenged those around him with his high energy and lack of fear. Cameron had his guardian angels working overtime to keep him safe! His quest for adventure included a passion for fast toys; some of which included snowmobiles, motocross bikes, and racing remote control cars. As you can imagine, I was one of those mothers who worried that my son would get hurt every time he was out doing the things he loved. Cameron was a son, brother, uncle, grandson, friend but most of all a hero who saved and changed 100's of lives because of his organ and tissue donation. Cameron had a spark for life and it showed through his numerous interests and hobbies. He was passionate about motocross, mountain bikes, BMX, RC trucks, hunting, fishing, trap shooting but most of all he enjoyed spending time with friends and family.
On the evening of June 28th, my worst fear became a reality when we received a life-changing phone call from a local sheriff. When I arrived at the hospital that night, everything quickly unfolded in front of me. It was like a bad dream. I just wanted someone to wake me up from this nightmare. I wanted everything to be just as it was before. I couldn’t wake up. It wasn’t a dream. My son was in a car crash and he was brain dead. This was not what I imagined God’s plan for Cameron’s life to be. I pictured him getting married, having children, and being a successful construction manager. Although I was experiencing unimaginable pain, a miracle was about to take place. Cameron was an organ donor. Even though we were losing our son, he would be giving life back to others. As we sat in the hospital room with Cameron, the brightest rainbow we ever saw filled the sky; all without a sign of rain. At that exact moment, we knew what God’s plan for Cameron was. God blessed Cameron with so many wonderful characteristics, but the greatest of them was his heart. I believe that God kept Cameron alive after his crash so that his heart could be donated. God knew that a heart like his still had way too much love to give. Cameron’s heart was filled with kindness, compassion, and a love that made everyone around him feel appreciated. I can proudly say that Cameron’s heart now beats inside the chest of a 30-year-old man from Iowa, who I hope to meet someday. I know this man will continue blessing those around him because he had Cameron’s heart. As days, weeks, and now months continue to pass, one miracle after another has taken place through Cameron’s donations. His life continues to bless others and our family has found peace knowing that he continues to live on; that God’s plan for Cameron is complete. By sharing Cameron’s story, I aim to spread hope and educate others on donor ship. In memory of Cameron, crosses will be sent to those in need of peace and comfort.
Crash Date: 06/28/2018
Crash Location: Mapleton, ND
Contributing Factors in Crash: Passenger, Riding with a distracted driver
Around 8:40 pm on June 28, 2018, Cameron was riding in a vehicle heading west on a minimum maintenance road. As the driver approached County Road 15, he did not yield to southbound oncoming traffic. By the time the driver realized his error, a van full of girl basketball players hit the vehicle Cameron was in directly where Cameron was sitting. Fortunately, witnesses to the crash jumped into action until the first responders arrived. They were able to keep Cameron alive and transport him to the hospital.