Cameron Boyce‘s legacy will continue to live on, and his loved ones are seeing to that!
Ahead of the late actor’s posthumous 23rd birthday on May 28, the Cameron Boyce Foundation has chosen to honor him in a special way!
The Cameron Boyce Foundation To Host First Inaugural Gala
According to People Magazine, The Cameron Boyce Foundation (TCBF) is set to host its first-ever inaugural fundraising gala on May 18, ten days before the “Jessie” star would have turned 23 were he still alive.
The inaugural gala titled “Cam For A Cause: A Fundraiser for The Cameron Boyce Foundation To End Epilepsy” aims to raise money and awareness to help put an end to Epilepsy and SUDEP, responsible for the young star’s unexpected demise back in 2019.
Cameron’s father, Victor Boyce, opened up about the significance of the gala, saying, “We’ve made great strides with the foundation as far as getting connected and being impactful and doing grants, but we’ve never been able to do an in-person event because COVID has hammered us since the beginning.”
However, with the pandemic slowly phasing out, Victor shared that it was the perfect time to show the world all the hard work they have been putting in their battle against epilepsy.
Speaking about the generous spirit of his late son, the devastated father told the publication, “Cameron would’ve been 23 years old this year. Just thinking about that breaks my heart, every minute of every day.”
Nevertheless, he has been able to find a glimmer of light in the darkness of Cameron’s absence because of his son’s kind heart that continues to live on after him.
“Every year on his birthday, he didn’t want presents,” Victor recalled. “He wanted to give back, and he would always do something to help others. In that spirit, that’s why we’re doing the gala.”
The Foundation Was Set Up To End The Stigma Of Epilepsy
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Cameron’s mom Libby Boyce also touched on the core mission of the charity organization.
Libby explained that TCBF, founded in 2019, was created not only to honor their son but also to shine some light on the stigma associated with the condition.
“There are so many situations where we found ourselves thinking, ‘Wow, why isn’t this louder? Why aren’t people talking about this?’ It’s just been in the shadows for too long. It’s stigmatized … and it’s perplexing,” the doting mother shared.
As a result, the grieved parents decided they had an “obligation” to use their son’s voice “to bring attention to those people who are isolated and stigmatized because of their epilepsy.”
An online campaign has started to draw attention to the upcoming event, and it is expected to have many of Cameron’s friends in the industry, such as Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Peyton List, Nolan Gould, and many more in attendance.
Actress Miranda May will host the gala with performances from comedian Maz Jobrani and dancer Megan King.
Victor and Libby said of their son’s reaction to the gala, “It’s definitely something I’m sure he would be proud of. I can’t imagine that he would not rather be here with us, though. I think he would expect us to do this, honestly.”
The ‘Descendants’ star’s Father Addressed His 2nd Death Anniversary
As The Blast reported, last July, Victor marked his son’s second death anniversary with a touching tribute. In an 8:15 long video, he opened up about his son’s loss, saying he couldn’t call the day an anniversary because it was a bad day.
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“Every day without Cameron is not a good day for me. So, it doesn’t matter if it’s today or tomorrow, or yesterday or whatever. It’s always a bad day,” the heartbroken parent said to tears.
Victor admitted that nothing could ever describe what it was like to lose his first son, but he remained grateful to everyone who stood by his family through it all.
In his words, “since Cameron passed, we have received so much support, so much love from all the fans, all the family, all over the world. It’s like the weirdest thing for me because I’m just like a regular dude, regular guy, and for some reason, some miracle, my son transcends all of that.”