Tyler Cameron will be running the 50th TCS New York City Marathon on Nov. 7 in honor of his late mother.
He will be running for the Andrea C. Cameron Foundation.
Cameron, 28, formed the charity with his younger brothers Ryan and Austin to honor their mother, who tragically died of a brain aneurysm in 2020 at the age of 55.
“Starting this gave us light in a dark time, something to look forward to and a way to put a positive spin on losing someone who meant so much to us,” he said of the foundation, which offers scholarships for eligible students in Cameron’s hometown of Jupiter, Florida, to continue their education in a traditional four-year college or in a trade school.
“We always say in our family to make mama proud and she helped out with so many charities and nonprofits her whole life,” he adds. “To have one of our own, I think she’d be very proud.”
Cameron says he felt a “huge void” after his mother’s death and shared hos she was a mentor for his teammates on every sport he played growing up. She would even tutor and give support to help them prep for college.
“This marathon is bigger than just us crossing the finish line,” Cameron says about launching the charity with this 26.1 mile run. “We are raising money and creating opportunities for those who are in need.”
And while the model was not sure if he could run another marathon, New York Road Runners reached out to him, and he discovered it would be a great way to spread awareness to his cause, while also allowing him an outlet to express his grief.
“One of the guys running it with me, his mother just passed away as well. So I thought this could be a really good distraction for all of us and give us a healthy way to deal with some of our problems,” he shares. “I’m really big into using fitness to help with mental health and what it does for me every time I’m going through something, so I got a group of guys and we’re all running together and doing something bigger than ourselves. We’re going to really go for it.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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