A girl with a rare disease is staying positive with the help of a Nebraska defensive end. Cameron Meredith is one of the 10-year-old's biggest cheerleaders.
In a state where football brings so many people together, fans often find inspiration in the players and the games. Ten-year-old Kylee Heinrich looks for that in Cameron Meredith. “He just really helps me through this stuff. He pretty much makes me feel normal.” That's a feeling Kylee rarely gets. “I have juvenile dermatomyositis.”
Channel 6 News first told you her story last summer when Kylee and her sister Kaitlyn began making bracelets to sell for a charity. "My immune system attacks my skin. I get a rash and I can't be in the sun that much."
More than 1,000 bracelets later, Kylee's mother Julie contacted Cameron on his Facebook fan page to help with a fundraiser. His busy football schedule didn't allow him to do so, but instead he invited Kylee and her family for a stadium tour. That tour began a friendship that Kylee cherishes. “He supports me and I support him during the game.”
“I think you can help them out in any little way, give the little girl hope, give the family hope,” says Meredith. “It was a good, I felt really good after doing it. I think they really enjoyed it.”
Last month, Cameron sent Kylee an autographed jersey. “When she received her blackshirt, the next day she had to do her injection,” says mom Julie. “We did it and got it done, she put it on instantly, made her feel safe.”
Safe and confident in continuing to live her life despite the disease. “He just really helps me through this and stuff, he pretty much makes me feel normal. He takes the little bit of time out to help a little girl that just needs an extra lift in life.”
As Cameron's final season with the Huskers comes to an end, the inspiration he's brought to one 10-year-old girl is something she’ll never forget. ”It's fun to have a Husker player be your friend. Thank you, Cameron.”
“I see how happy she is and how happy the family is, it's been great so far,” says Meredith. “And I plan on keeping in touch with them in the future."