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A tragedy continues to teach the importance of being kind

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A tragedy has taught, and continues to teach, a community in San Tan Valley, Arizona the importance of being kind. Camden White probably did not realize the effect he was having on others. Perhaps none of us ever do. Camden was tragically injured and died while working on his grandparent's Wyoming ranch last summer. The details of his death aren't important but the legacy that he left is.

Everyone that knew Camden talked about his kindness to all. His peers created the hashtag #KindLikeCam to promote a renewed awareness of just being kind and doing the right thing, well like Cam or Camden would do. A tragedy such as this experienced by the Whites would cause most families to cave and give up; but Camden's family rallies around keeping his memory alive.

Almost a year ago the entire community had stepped up to the plate (baseball pun intended as Camden was an avid baseball player) and made that day an act of kindness day, the first official #KindLikeCam day. There were countless stories of others doing acts of service or kindness to honor their mentor in kindness, even Camden White.

We should treat those around us with kindness because the seeds of love will one day sprout. We all plant trees that we'll never sit under but that shouldn't stop us from planting a forest. We never really know the impact we have on another person do we? We shouldn't be kind because there's an expectation at the end of the kind deed. We should just be more patient, long suffering, compassionate, slow to anger, and kind like Cam because it's the right thing to do.

The Whites recently released the following invitation to the community and world: "As our family remembers Camden on the 1st anniversary of his passing, we are asking that on July 20th you do something kind in honor of his memory. Please use the hashtag #KindLikeCam so that as you share your kind deeds we can see the impact his life had on so many."

Mark your calendars for 7/20 every year for #KindLikeCam day.


This article was submitted for publication by Jason D. McDonald, DC, MS 

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