“It is kind of oxymoronic,” said Lampson, who joined the Loons before this season, “that I am so passionate about helping pediatric cancer patients.”
June 10, 2007
Lampson was a mischievous daredevil of a kid who to this day loves Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and going to the zoo, according to his mom, Mecy Lampson. He turned into an independent and sometimes stubborn teen, unconcerned with his symptoms, including weight loss, shortness of breath, dizziness, night sweats and lumps in his neck.
It wasn’t until a school blood drive turned him away from donating because of low blood counts that his parents — his mom is a nurse, dad an anesthesiologist — forced him to see a doctor and eventually have his lymph nodes biopsied.
On June 10, 2007, his diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma was official. But his parents waited to tell him until after his orientation at Northern Illinois University, where he was set to play soccer in the fall. They wanted him to have a taste of college in case that was his only opportunity.