Local teen passes away from cancer


POSTED: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 3:11pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 3:29pm

THIS IS AN NBC33 NEWS UPDATE: Camille Fry lost her battle with cancer over the holiday weekend. The 16-year-old was diagnosed with two brain tumors over a year ago. NBC33 News first met Camille back in April. That’s when State Troopers gathered together to support the young girl by granting her wish for a swimming pool in her backyard.

The funeral for Camille was held this afternoon, Tuesday, Sept. 6 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Denham Springs.

Our hearts go out to her family and friends.

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Last summer, 16-year-old Camille Fry received some terrible news. Doctors found two tumors inside her brain. One is inoperable.

“This just kind of knocked the legs out of her,” says her father, Chris Fry. “It’s the most empty, horrid, ugly, ugly thing.”

Since then, Camille has struggled through a surgery and physical therapies. Despite the difficulties they face with the cancer, the family stays positive. “There’s a grim forecast and there’s the good forecast,” says Chris. “I just choose to listen to the good forecast.”

It’s that fighting spirit that attracted the attention of the Louisiana State Troopers Association. They heard Camille wanted a swimming pool. They made a few phone calls and got Guy Oliver with GW Oliver Construction on board.

“You realize that this is a really sweet family going through a big tragedy, so everybody pulled together and made it happen,” says Oliver.

People the Fry family hadn’t ever met took the plunge and donated to the cause. “It was an amazing process to see that so many people cared.”

The pool is priced at $40,000. For the people involved, it was worth every ounce of effort and money to see Camille and her family making waves.

“It just kind of shows you that there are good people in the world,” says Camille.

Camille will do more than beat the heat in her new pool. She started her first water therapy session Tuesday.

You can help Camille and her family by donating to her benefit fund at any Whitney Bank in the area. Just let them know that the money is going to Camille A. Fry.

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