Darlecia died Jan. 2, 2007, at age 38 after a 10-month battle with breast cancer.
“At first, I couldn't believe it,” Cameron said. “It was hard, just waking up and not being able to see her.
In December 2007, Cameron's grandfather died of cancer as well.
An emotionally challenging year for anyone, especially a 10-year-old boy.
“The three things that helped me get through it all were my dad, my family and basketball,” Cameron said. “That was it.”
Basketball is still at the crux of the father-son relationship.
“I never miss a game,” James said. “Right now, he's injured and he's not playing, but I still come out and watch. I love watching him play.”
Darlecia's drive to see her son succeed still lives in Cameron, though that wasn't always the case right after her death.
“I lost it back then,” Cameron said. “I was thinking about her a lot and I kind of gave up on myself. But I realized I can't do that. I have to remember all the good things she did for me and keep going.”