To look at Cameron you would see an ordinary kid, but to meet him was an entirely different story. Cameron exuded love and compassion towards others
far beyond our small-town limits. From the day he was born he roared, and he never stopped. Cameron not only lived his life to the fullest, he lived his life OUT LOUD!
On April 4, 2012, Cameron was driving to work after school, as he had done a hundred times before, but this day was different. Cameron died tragically in a car accident on a rain soaked I-81. That day changed the lives of many.
but his story did not end there...
Cameron continues to live through the good works he left behind, and the legacy he left in the hearts of all who knew him.
Cameron was very active in school. He was Captain of the Wrestling Team, and Captain of the Math MACC Academic Team. He participated in Boy Scouts, where he was an accomplished Eagle Scout, Choir, Drama, Track, and Young Life. In addition to attending Pulaski County High School, he attended the Southwest Virginia Governor's School for Math and Science. Cameron was active in the community as well. He volunteered with Habitat for Humanity participating in fundraisers and the construction of Habitat homes. In 2011 a tornado hit Pulaski. Cameron volunteered cutting down trees, and removing debris out of the road to allow vehicles to get through. Cameron continued volunteering in the days following with Samaritan’s Purse. He also volunteered with an ecumenical program that serves mid-day community meals.
Cameron was a free spirit and lived his life with no inhibitions. He would hike to the top of the mountain just to see the beauty on the other side. He would kayak as far as the river would flow. He found peace, beauty, and balance in the outdoors.
Cameron was excited when he received his Letter of Early Acceptance from West Virginia University. He wanted to teach High School Biology in Colorado.
Cameron is remembered by teachers and friends for his adventurous spirit, his outgoing personality, his sense of humor, his love of life, his huge bear hugs, and his contagious smile. He inspired others to love God, appreciate nature, live big, dream big, embrace their fears, and to never give up.
Cameron wrote, “Kindle the fire within yourself. Use its light to stay the path. No matter how hard it gets stay ever cheerful.” That is how Cameron lived his life every day.
The Cameron Fitzwater Memorial Scholarship was created to
“Celebrate the life”
Cameron Taylor Fitzwater.
The scholarships signify the passing on of Cameron’s aspirations, hopes and dreams of acquiring a higher education to others. It is about turning tragedy into triumph, while building community spirit and giving.
In Cameron’s memory, four- $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually to Pulaski County High School Seniors who meet the following criteria:
Applicants must have participated in one or more of the following activities: Boy Scouts, Choir, Drama, MACC Academic Team, Track, Wrestling, and/or Young Life.
Applicants must be accepted by 2/4 year College or University or a Technical School.
Applicants have to submit write an essay based on one of two topics they were presented with. The recipients are selected by a committee composed of Pulaski County High School administrators, faculty and staff. The scholarship recipients who have graduated have started their next journey as a Construction Engineer, an Architect, an Admissions Counselor, a Teacher, a Lawyer, a student of Veterinary Medicine and nurses. Each recipient has carried on with their aspirations, hopes, and dreams through higher education.
“Color Me Cameron”is an annual 5K color run created to Celebrate the life of Cameron Taylor Fitzwater while raising money for the four, $1,000 scholarships awarded annually in his memory.
Is the color safe?
The color is all certified non-toxic and free of any heavy metals. The color used is environmentally friendly. No ecological hazards are associated with this product
What are the ingredients of the color?
Corn Starch Food Grade, Calcium Carbonate Food Grade, Sodium Bicarbonate Food Grade TFF, and one or more of the following colorants; FD&C Blue #1 Lake, FD&C Blue #2, FD&C Red #40 Lake, D&C Red #7 Calcium Lake, FD&C Yellow #5 Lake, FD&C Yellow #6, Iron Oxide and Ultra Marine Blue. It contains permitted natural color(s), permitted synthetic food color(s) and permitted natural and synthetic food color(s)
Can the color stain my skin?
When you get home take a shower with your favorite bar of soap. Wash your hair with the shampoo of your choice. If the color stays a little longer than your shampoo and soap try Dawn Dish soap.
Can the color stain my clothes?
The color mostly washes out after the event. It’s best to wear items that you wouldn’t mind getting colorful. As with anything dirty, the sooner you wash it the better. Typical machine washing, with stain remover, removes the stains
Can you transfer your registration to another person?
Yes. You can transfer your registration to another person. The person you transfer to must fill out the participant form. The person it is transferred to will not receive a t-shirt if transfer is after March 15th.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes, however for the safety of others your dog must be on a leash at all times. Bring poop bags. It i's the law! State code says: "It shall be unlawful for any person owning, keeping, or having custody or control of a dog to fail to remove immediately the dog's excrement tis a Class 4 Misdemeanor. Picking up waste keeps our environment beautiful and clean.
What should I wear?
Make sure to wear white (or mostly white) to take advantage of the ten color burst stations and finish line. Some participants opt to wear glasses or goggles and/or a bandanna or dust mask to cover their mouths.
What about the weather?
Rain, Snow or Shine. We will be there!