Community honors soccer player on anniversary of his death

Cameron Baston
Cameron Baston

Friends and family paid an emotional tribute Thursday night to a young man who died suddenly on a soccer field one year ago.

Cameron Baston died from sudden cardiac arrest on the Scott High School soccer field on Oct. 6, 2010 while he was playing soccer with his younger brother, Logan.

His death inspired his family to create Cameron's Cause, an effort to place automated external defibrillators in schools throughout the Tri-State. So far, Cameron's Cause has raised $29,000 and placed 21 defibrillators in Kenton County schools and at school-sponsored athletic events.

Cameron's family says the support has been overwhelming.

"Its been unbelievable," said Laura Baston, Cameron's mother. "It helps us, you know, to see how awesome Cameron was. I mean, we knew he was awesome, he was ours but, people loved him."

"I don't know how to say it. Its just overwhelming with the support that keeps coming and people bring stuff to our house," said Dave Baston, Cameron's father.

Cameron Baston played organized soccer since kindergarten, and was the captain of Scott's varsity soccer team when he was in high school. He was an aspiring artist and was attending Cincinnati State to pursue a career in graphic design.

The Bastons battle with this killer disease unfortunately is not over yet. They have another hurdle to overcome.

"Our son Logan has been diagnosed with the same disease," said Laura Baston. "Four days after we buried Cameron, Logan was over at Cincinnati Children's and we found out he had the disease."

The Batsons say they are watching 16-year old Logan's health very carefully. He had a defibrillator implanted in his heart last January.

The family says he loves soccer just as much as his older brother did but, unfortunately, can no longer play the game due to his medical condition.

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