Cameron Piorek Update: Injured Aliso Niguel Lacrosse Player Honored With Varsity Football Letter At Banquet

The Varsity football banquet was held last Saturday night.

The Seniors were honored with awards and Cameron was very surprised when the coach called his name to come up and receive his Varsity Letter.

The coach said: “This player could have stayed home after he sustained a serious injury, but he didn’t, he chose to come back out on the field and support his teammates and cheer them on.”

As Cameron wheeled up to except his award, he received a standing ovation!

I am so proud of my son, not only did he not quit, he continues to inspire others with his smile and determination.

Thank you to everyone who have supported Cameron.  The relationships he has made on the Wolverine field both before and after his injury are priceless.

Congratulations to all the Varsity Seniors.  As we come to the end of this journey and new opportunities open up for you, I wish all of you the very best!

Kelly Piorek


You can write to Cameron at:

Cameron Piorek

27462 Bonaventure Drive

Laguna Niguel, Ca 92677

Background Story

Cameron Piorek is a 17 year old who was injured during a high school lacrosse game on April 22, 2008. He fell to the ground but did not lose consciousness. He was admitted to Mission Hospital and found to have a C6 subluxation with fragments of C7 in the canal. He was treated with hypothermia and solumedrol protocol upon admission. On April 26, 2008 he underwent an anterior complete C7 corpectomy with anterior arthordesis and instrumentation C6 to T1 and posterior C5 to T2.

Cameron has responded well to both the surgery and to all treatments and, within two weeks, was transferred to St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton where he continued to receive post-surgery treatment and began rehabilitation and occupational therapy. After two and a half months, Cameron was ready to take the next step and began outptient therapy.

On June 26, 2008, Cameron was released from St. Jude hospital to the care of his family. The Piorek’s spent a much needed family weekend together at the Embassy Suites in Brea. On Monday, June 30, 2008, Cameron and his dad, Brandon, flew to Baltimore, Maryland so he could begin outpatient treatment at the Kennedy Krieger International Center for Spinal Cord Injury. This is the same facility where Christopher Reeve was treated after his injury. Therapy at the Kennedy Krieger Center involved 5-6 hours of intense, cutting-edge, therapy where the primary focus was to help Cameron become more independent as well as aid him in his quest to walk again. Please refer to the following YouTube video of Cameron as it depicts the amazing strides that have been made in the spinal cord injury arena

Cameron is scheduled to return to Aliso Viejo from Baltimore on Saturday, July 18, 2008. He will continue outpatient rehabilitation and occupational therapy at the St. Jude Outpatient Center for six weeks. He also intends to begin additional treatment at the Project Walk Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center in Carlsbad, California. For information Project Walk, please visit their website at

Cameron has put up an amazing fight from the onset of his injury throughout every step in his recovery. He is young, strong and fit and these are qualities that will continue to aid him in his recovery. Most importantly, he has a wonderful family and incredible support system that is bound and determined to make certain that Cameron will walk again! He has been accompanied every step of the way by his mom, Kelly, and his dad, Brandon. His younger brother (Indiana) and younger sister (Jordan) talk with him daily, but miss him very much and look forward to having Cameron home with them.

Cameron is looking forward to September, when he can return to Aliso Niguel High School as a Junior.

Please continue to pray for Cameron’s recovery.

One response to “Cameron Piorek Update: Injured Aliso Niguel Lacrosse Player Honored With Varsity Football Letter At Banquet

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