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


The Varsity football banquet was held last Saturday night.
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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

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/cameronpiorek

 

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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mO1GD4Qb1lU

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 http://www.projectwalk.org/

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.

Cameron Piorek Update: April 2009 Marked One-Year Since Injury And He Continues His Rehabilitation


I hope this update finds you well. It has been pretty crazy here at the Piorek household and like many of you we are ready for summer!!!!

cameron piorek 2009 lax banquet

Cameron and Aliso Viejo lacrosse players at the 2009 lacrosse banquet

Cam has had a few exciting things happen. He did recieve a varsity letter for lacrosse in May and was selected for Junior Honor Escort. This tradition honors both the graduating seniors and the juniors who have been selected to perform this final “salute” to the graduating class.
This season has also had its challenges, April was a hard month because it was the one year mark of Cameron’s injury.

Cam is also a little down because summer football is starting……..
We have made contact with the Quad Rugby team ( they practice in oceanside) and will be going to a practice so Cam can check it out.
Finally we would like to invite you to the grand opening for OC Motorsports this Sat June13th. KROQ radio station will be there along with the Metal Mulisha. Also a donation will be made to the Jeremy Lusk foundation. For more info contact ocmotorsports.com.

Hope to see you there!
Kelly Piorek

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/cameronpiorek

Cameron Piorek Update: April 22 Is The One-Year Anniversary Of Cameron’s Injury


 

Cameron #36 watching Aliso Viejo High School Lacrosse game in 2009

Cameron #36 watching Aliso Viejo High School Lacrosse game in 2009

Today is the one year anniversary of Cameron’s injury. It has been quite a year! Thank you to everyone who has helped Cameron and our family. Cameron has come so far in one year and the next year should be even better!

Cameron Piorek Update: Cameron Turns 18 And Continues With His Incredible Rehabilitation


HELLO:  

cameronpiorek0325WE HAD A FEW MILESTONE BIRTHDAYS HERE AT THE PIOREK ‘S. CAMERON 18 AND HIS SISTER JORDAN16 AND THEY DECIDED TO CELEBRATE TOGETHER (CHECK OUT THE VIDEO)

CAM HAS BEEN DOING REALLY WELL. LACROSSE SEASON STARTED AND HE LOVES BEING BACK WITH THE TEAM IN HIS #36 JERSEY CHEERING THEM ON. GO WOLVERINES! HE ALSO PASSED THE WRITTEN EXAM FOR HIS DRIVERS LICENSE. GO CAM! THE NEXT STEP IS A PROGRAM TO SEE WHAT EQUIPMENT HE WILL NEED FOR HIS VAN FOR THE DRIVING TEST AND DRIVING. (WE FEEL LIKE WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS) HE IS ALSO GETTING REALLY INVOLVED IN HIS HIGH SCHOOL CHURCH GROUP AND WE CONTINUE TO SEE HIS FAITH GROW IN WAYS THAT BLOW US AWAY!

Cameron is building his balance and upper body strenght to help recover from a C6-C7 spinal cord injury. GO CAM!
The first lacrosse game of the year

The first lacrosse game of the year

 

 

 

FINALLY I HAVE A LITTLE VIDEO OF CAMERON BUILDING HIS UPPER BODY STRENGHT AND BALANCE AT PROJECT WALK. CAM HAS A C6-C7 SPINAL CORD INJURY AND WHEN HE WAS FIRST INJURED AND COULDNT MOVE AT ALL IN THE HOSPITAL WE WERE TOLD ALOT OF INFORMATION ABOUT HIS FUTURE AND WHAT THEY THOUGHT. THEY WERE WRONG.

XOX KELLY PIOREK

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/cameronpiorek

Cameron Piorek Update: Injured Aliso Viejo (CA) High School Player Attends Knights Challenge Saturday Evening


Cameron Piorek attended the Knights Challenge Varsity Boys Lacrosse matches Saturday night.

Cameron attended the Knights Challenge in Tustin Saturday night. (Click on photo for more information on Cameron)

Cameron attended the Knights Challenge in Tustin Saturday night. (Click on photo for more information on Cameron)

Cameron Piorek Lacrosse Injury Update: Rehabilitation Has Restored Full Function Of His Left Arm And Is Working On Function Of Right Hand


Hello  

cameronpiorek2I just posted some new pictures of our trip to the races. This was the first race since Cameron’s injury and he had a blast. He was not able to co-drive with his dad yet, but he did get to pre run and hang out with the guys.

Cameron has a big birthday next Saturday Feb 28 he turns 18!!! We are having a fiesta to celebrate this special day with all his best buds.

I also posted some new pictures of Cameron working hard at project walk. He has regained full function of his left arm (an answer to prayer) and is working on his core and balance. He has more function in his right four fingers, but we are praying for those fingers to move!!!!!!

Finally after months of dealing with the insurance company he will get a new chair with push assisted wheels, we are still fighting for a standing frame, but we Piorek’s don’t give up easy………….

Cameron’s next goal is to get his drivers license and he is ready. It is a process that will begin after his birthday.

We are very excited about the trials starting this summer for spinal cord injury and we are keeping an eye on The Miami Project and Reeve-Irvine Research Center. Cameron is not a candidate yet ,but we are hopeful for the future.

Finally, we had a visit from my sister Chanca and Ella for the first time since Cam’s injury and it did all of our hearts good! It was a reminder of how lucky we are to have such wonderful family and friends, we are so very blessed.

Love Kelly (Cam’s mom)

Montetary donations can be made at any Branch of Washington Mutual Bank. Donations will help with Cameron’s rehabilitation at Project Walk and equipment needed.

Cameron Piorek assistance fund

Account 0421-0000427911-2

CAMERON’S 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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mO1GD4Qb1lU

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 http://www.projectwalk.org/

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.

 

 

 

Cameron Piorek Update: Cameron Progressing Well


cameronpiorek

Hello, its Kelly Cam’s mom. I hope this update finds you well!! I have posted some new fun pictures of the last few months. We are like alot of you, three kids, three schools and crazy busy! Cameron is doing great, and working very hard. I will do a major update soon to let you know about all of his progress….. enjoy the pics!
Take care Kelly Piorek

 

 

Donations can also be Mailed Directly to the Piorek Family at:

Cameron Piorek Assistance Fund

27462 Bonaventure Drive

Laguna Niguel, Ca 92677

 

 

Meal Donations: Pyper Johnson 949/307-7744