For Immediate Release
‘One Hip Wonder’ Brings Hope to Children with Cancer
Teenage Cancer Survivor Making a Difference
PHOENIX, Ariz. (May 2017) Teenager Elizabeth Cameron, known as the Little Gold Warrior, is helping children with cancer deal with their illness by providing inspiration and self-esteem. Her mission is to make a difference by sharing her story involving surgery, chemotherapy and, finally, remission.
Now, at age 15, she shares her experiences and is an advocate for childhood cancer awareness and funding, as well as volunteering with many organizations. Elizabeth proclaims, “If I had to do it again, I would. Because now I have a purpose.”
At age 13 Elizabeth was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer known as Ewing’s Sarcoma – with only about 300 cases discovered each year in the United States. Cure for this form of cancer is rare, as well. In Elizabeth’s case, a large tumor was found in her left hip. The treatment lasted over 12 months and resulted in removal of her hip leaving one leg three inches shorter than the other. The effects of the harsh chemotherapy last to this day.
Her indominable spirit carried her through the treatment. At one point, she started using makeup to feel better. According to Elizabeth, “When you lose your hair, eyebrows and eyelashes to chemotherapy, you want to feel normal.” Using make up helped her to feel better. “I may not have felt good, but I looked good,” she says. Makeup has become a passion of hers and her goal is to start a makeup line with a portion of proceeds going to childhood cancer research.
To give that feeling that the makeup gave to her, she decided to give girls in the hospital the tools they would need. The result was make-up bags which she now distributes to young women with cancer. Also, she created ‘positivity pouches’ which are used to cover IV poles and bring a positive reminder to patients.
The young and energetic teen enjoys volunteering any way she can. Small in stature at 4-feet 7 inches, her determination is highly impactful and dynamic. She has spoken for organizations like HopeKids, Make-A-Wish Arizona, St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. With 47 kids a day diagnosed, Elizabeth is compelled to be a spokesperson for these children. Less than 4% of federal funding goes to childhood cancer research and only three drugs have been approved specifically for childhood cancer in the last 30 years.
Current cancer treatments usually involve a harsh chemotherapy regimen that destroys the immune system and has long-term side effects. The self-proclaimed “one hip wonder” is on a mission for more options and better treatments for children, with fewer side-effects.
Her remarkable journey has fueled her mission to make a difference for other children. Her website is: www.LittleGoldWarrior.com.