A Little Magic

Camron’s dream to meet his idols becomes a magical source of joy
Sunshine Foundation

A Little Magic

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Camron discovered magic at a young age and by seven was performing his own tricks. He would read books and watch videos on magic, wanting to learn everything he could. Camron has limited mobility, because of his cerebral palsy. Magic is an activity that could inspire and fascinate him.

When Camron found out that The Sunshine Foundation of Canada would make his dream come true, he knew instantly what he wanted – to meet his magic idols, Penn and Teller.

To make this dream a reality, a Sunshine program coordinator worked with Penn’s and Teller’s team and researched everything related to magic in Las Vegas. Once the dream was finalized, Camron had tickets to Cirque du Soleil, David Copperfield and Criss Angel, rooms at the Bellagio, VIP tickets courtesy of Penn and Teller and a meet-and-greet with his heroes.

CamronBefore the show, Camron, his mom, Kelly. and his sister, Olivia, were led backstage to meet Penn who invited them into the Monkey Room – a private room for the magicians. Teller started showing them a trick when Penn walked in. “Camron just sat there with his mouth open,” says Kelly. “I think the reality of the dream started kicking in and he just sat there in awe.”

One of the most memorable parts of Camron’s Sunshine Dream happened during the show. “There was one part when they pulled what appeared to be a random person from the audience and he asked this guy what his name was. He said ‘Camron’ and we thought it was a coincidence.” The family found out it was no coincidence after the show ended and they went to thank Penn and Teller. Penn put his arm around Camron and asked “Did you like how we used the name Camron?”

Since they’ve returned Kelly has noticed a difference in Camron. “He’s definitely happier. He does have his down moments, but we talk about Vegas and we’re all pumped again.”

“He’ll say, ‘I can’t believe I met my idols. How many 14-year-old kids can say they met their idols?’”