'We have so many memories of him'

Jack's Last Gift to be a lasting gift for epilepsy

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Young Jack Cameron has been described by his dad Nick Cameron as always keen to put his hand up to help with jobs at home at Ardno, and now his legacy is going to help many people in need.

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Jack Cameron loved nothing more than helping out around the family property at Roma. Picture supplied.

Jack Cameron loved nothing more than helping out around the family property at Roma. Picture supplied.

Young Jack Cameron has been described by his dad Nick Cameron as always keen to put his hand up to help with jobs at home at Ardno, and now his legacy is going to help many people in need.

Jack, aged 10, was one of two boys killed in a tragic accident on the family property west of Roma the Sunday before last.

From the outpouring of support the family received in subsequent days, they decided to set up a fundraising page called Jack's Last Gift where donations could be made for a cause close to their hearts, Epilepsy Queensland, in lieu of flowers and gifts.

The page has so far attracted almost $183,000.

"It's the legacy Jack has left for his sisters," Mr Cameron said.

Two of them, Jemma and Meg, have each been impacted by the condition and for Jemma especially, it has resulted in numerous tests, visits with specialists, and surgery.

Meg's symptoms have been able to be managed with medication, and Mr Cameron said Jack himself had needed medication for petit mal or 'absence' seizures as a small child.

"The girls have learnt how to deal with things but people round them need to understand what to do," he said. "We wanted to do something useful as a result of this."

Epilepsy Queensland chairman Sam Bryce said Jack's Last Gift had been an unbelievable gesture of support for the organisation and the people it advocated for.

"I first met the Camerons via our family support program, when we were helping them advocate to schools," he said. "I'm personally looking forward to working with them now, sitting down with them and talking about the best ways to use this donation."

There are many different types of epilepsy, which the organisation helps affected people and families negotiate and understand.

Mr Bryce said their helpline was as much a service for parents as for children as they talked through a diagnosis and the range of emotions that brought.

"This is one of the largest donations we've received in a number of years and this will go a long way for us."

The Cameron family's tragedy has touched many in the Roma community, including Jack's classmates at the Roma State College, who held a special Purple Day, the global day dedicated to increasing epilepsy awareness, this week to raise money for the cause.

That alone raised $1400.

As well, local coffee shops have been holding fundraising mornings while the Carnarvon Cubs junior rugby league club that Jack belonged to is working on its own special fundraiser.

Jack was a prolific try-scorer for the Cubs even at his young age.

"We have so many memories of him, even in such a short time," Mr Cameron said.

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