Fifteen-year-old Tron Foster, who has struggled with bone cancer since he was six, has been a regular at The Children’s Security Blanket’s Camp Victory for years. However, this July he was unable to participate in the annual summer camp for children battling cancer and their siblings. The young Boiling Springs teen was scheduled for surgery as cancer finally claimed one of his legs, requiring amputation. CSB and the organization’s co-founder Tom Russell, who has developed a special relationship with Tron, decided this would not stand in the way and held a special camp just for him complete with his favorite pastime – fishing!
Tron and his siblings and friends enjoyed all the camp activities which were highlighted by an exciting catch. On the last day of camp Tron hooked a six pound bass! Smiles and laughter were abundant as he pulled the squirming fish out of the water to be admired by family members, and CSB volunteers and staff.
“It’s been great having fun with my family and friends,” Foster said. “And I just caught my new biggest fish. It’s like a dream come true. I’m speechless.”
Tron was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in November 2009. Following a transplant and treatments he was then diagnosed with Leukemia. Tron spends a lot of time at the Children’s Cancer Center in Greenville and MUSC in Charleston, where he will go for his amputation. CSB has been there for Tron and his family since 2009, providing assistance to enable he and his family to travel to receive the care he needs.
When asked about what CSB has meant to their family, Tron’s mom, Ashley Garner explained, “They’re family. It’s like a blanket and we’re just wrapped in love.”
“No matter what time of day or night, I can pick up the phone and call and they’ll answer,” shared Garner. ” If we have to go to Charleston unexpectedly, they’re asking, ‘What do you need? What can we do?”