Monday, January 16, 2012

Cam Tipping - One in a Million Teenager

If you've visited Tuscarora during late July---during the Spriggs/Butler/Hanneman/Tipping/Gibbons week in the cabins---you might have seen Cam Tipping. Actually, it's hard to pick out Cam-- he's almost always part of the Cam-Leo-James trio. Those guys spend hours playing in the water. They can also dance a mean cupid shuffle, but honestly....James is the one that stands out there because he has the moves.

This year, Cam was the video guy for the American Heart Association. I've talked to Marla about homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia. But it was just a word. It didn't  define Cam, of CamLeoJames.   The video shows a whole different side of that family than the one that I know.  As I understand it more fully, my admiration  runs even deeper.

This  family crowd really knows how to have fun. They model a  powerful lesson about living each day with gratefulness, joy, and humor.

Here's  Bill Tipping  (sporting purple polyester with Jim Hanneman in peach) These guys can surprise me into spitting my coffee all over the deck, they're that funny.  Bill's the kind of guy that carts all the kids out in the dark at midnight to find the wolf puppies (and actually finds them).

Did you notice the tame Yahtzee game in the video? Yeah, well, this is not the Marla who plays Yahtzee at Tuscarora. Don't let the kind polite mother thing fool you: she is ruthless (and also really witty).

   This nice family spreads a lively sparkle to everyone around them --including us.  Today, I'm praying for a cure for Cam's disease. If you are so inclined to that, can I summon you also for this great kid?  

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Prayers on their way for Cam & his family, and a CURE.Thanks for posting. ~ A Cozzi, St. Charles, IL