RUSTON, La. (5/3/19)– Cheers and excitement fill the air as the Ruston High School’s track team boards its bus for Baton Rouge –chasing a state title.
It’s a bittersweet moment for Cameron Murphy–a senior on the team who lost his mother and brother in last week’s tornado.
“We’re basically getting the kids out of Ruston. We’re going down a day early to make sure our emotions are in check, just to get out minds right to compete tomorrow,” said Allen Whitaker, Ruston High School’s track and field coach.
The team has rallied around Cameron during his time of need.
Now, the community is rallying around the team.
Despite Cameron’s monumental loss, he’s pushing forward.
“He wanted to be with his track team, he wanted to run for his mom and his brother and he told me this is what his mom wanted him to do,” said Cathey Jackson, Cameron’s grandmother.
Cameron narrowly escaped last week when a tree fell on top of a home with his mom and younger brother inside.
The loss, tremendously difficult for Cameron and his teammates.
“The experience has been tough. As a team, we’re tired, but we’re going to push through at the state meet and we want to make the city of Ruston proud,” said Whitaker.
The Bearcats–cheering on–hoping to clinch Saturday’s championship.
Cameron’s grandmother, beaming with pride as a witness to his extraordinary strength.
“We are so proud of him for being so brave. My daughter, she’s smiling down on him and I know she knows that everybody has shown him so much love,” said Jackson.
Jackson and her family will be meeting the team in Baton Rouge to cheer them on.
Cameron’s mother and brother will be laid to rest this weekend.