CLEVELAND — Thursday night's Greater Cleveland Sports Awards highlighted the best in athletic achievement in our area during the past year.
It also took a moment to salute the extraordinary courage of Vermilion High School senior Camryn Colahan, who was honored with the Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Courage Award.
For more than two years, Camryn has dealt with intensive chemotherapy and high-dose radiation treatments for Stage 4 alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and extremely aggressive form of soft-tissue cancer usually found in the arms, legs or torso.
Despite long odds, Cam's dedication to her treatment and physical therapy resulted in her returning to Vermilion's volleyball and basketball teams for her senior season.
“I think courage means to be very strong, not put yourself before others and not be sad for yourself,” Cam says in her story chronicled by Cleveland Clinic.
According to the Clinic, Cam is continuing to receiving scans every three months to ensure there is no evidence of cancer.
Upon graduation from Vermilion, Cam will head to Wittenberg University in the fall of 2021, where she’ll continue her volleyball career.
Watch Cam's amazing story below:
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