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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Wounded warriors lift Leavenworth boy's spirits at City Hall

  • Cameron Raney is only 5 years old, but he's already taken over the mayor's seat.
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  • Cameron Raney is only 5 years old, but he's already taken over the mayor's seat.
    Cameron got the chance Friday to sit in a chair normally reserved for the mayor at Leavenworth City Hall. He also got to meet three adults who faced a similar medical hardship as him.
    The Leavenworth boy was at City Hall to meet with three men who were wounded while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    Last summer, Cameron was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, and a portion of his left leg was amputated in November 2013.
    He is awaiting a prosthetic leg, or "robot leg" as he called it Friday.
    Cameron's mother, Kaitlin Jewell, said her son is fascinated by the Army, and she wanted her son to see people who have similar injuries.
    "I just thought it would help him cope," she said.
    Retired Staff Sgt. Tim Norton, one of the wounded warriors who visited Cameron at City Hall, is an amputee, and he showed his prosthetic leg to the local boy.
    "This is a badge of honor for me," Norton said.
    Sgt. James Callaway said he is stationed at Fort Riley and was asked to participate in the event as a wounded warrior.
    "It did a lot more for us than it probably did for him," Callaway said of the visit.
    The men presented gifts to Cameron including a pellet gun and Batman toy.
    Retired Staff Sgt. Bryan Price competed in this year's Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, in cross country skiing events.
    Price presented Cameron with a jersey from the Paralympics, which he autographed.
    Melissa Bower, public information officer for the city, also presented Cameron gifts from the city, including free passes to the Wollman Aquatic Center.
    Cameron said he felt good about the visit.
    So, too, did the wounded warriors who lifted his spirits.
    "You've got new buddies you can call anytime," Callaway said.

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