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Brighton bowler overcomes blood disorder to win national championship

August 14, 2019 11:26 AM

BRIGHTON, N.Y. (WHEC) — A rising Brighton senior was able to overcome a blood disorder to become a national champ.

In 2015, Cameron Hurwitz was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a rare condition that occurs when your body stops producing enough blood cells. It causes a person to have a higher risk of infection and uncontrolled bleeding.

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For Cameron, it required him to be quarantined, unable to go to school for a year and a half. While going through treatment, he would often bowl in local alleys where owners opened up for him after-hours. 

With an antiviral mask on, and in between blood transfusions at a hospital in Chicago, he competed in the U.S. Junior Gold Championship in Chicago. That year, he placed second.

An anonymous donor saved his life, allowing Cameron to undergo a bone-marrow transplant. While recovering, he continued to bowl.

In July of this year, he went back to the national championship. This time he took home first place and a spot on Junior Team USA.

Next month, he’ll be back at school to complete his senior year, which he plans to graduate early. He has signed with Wichita State University where he will study industrial engineering.

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Stephanie Robusto

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