Little kids were running all over the place and excited to swim in the 12th Annual Cameron Diamond meet at the Crofton Swim & Tennis Club this evening. The air was electric, with almost all swimmers representing their neighborhood pools and dressed in swimwear colors to represent their team.
The CATS website includes the following about the meet formerly known as the Crofton Aquatics Novice Meet. It was renamed in 2010 to honor Cameron Diamond, a young girl and member of CSTC who epitomized courage, perseverance, and grace in her battle with leukemia. She inspired Campower -- a strength and spirit that brought our community together. Through the generosity of our swim team families and the greater community over the last five years, our event has raised over $40,000 in donations, many boxes of art and craft supplies, as well as hundreds of get-well cards for children fighting for better health at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. In addition, it has brought families and friends together for a wonderful community tradition. Each year's event will continue to raise money put toward donations in Cam's honor. Please see campowerforall.org for more details and a link to make a contribution.
When I am in town, I love to go and support the family that lives around the corner from us. Son, Ryan, works the merchandise table and reacquaints himself with the families he knows well (he worked at the pool for four years after high school, plus helping BJ and Carol Diamond).
When I talk about community, this is it! This is what a community can do to help others.
Photos: 1) Cam poster on the walk into the pool; 2) swim meet in action 3) BJ & Carol Diamond with their almost one-year-old granddaughter; 4) card-makers (swimmers from meet) for hospitalized cancer kids' 5) Ryan and Bill; and 6) All proceeds go to families in need!