Cameron Fizwater, remembered for bringing color to a normally dull world, died a year ago today.
“I’ve always described Cameron as God took a handful of crayons and just scribbled him inside and out,” Cameron’s mother, Terri Fitzwater said. “Because he’s always just cheerful, diverse, just loved everything, just loved everybody.”
Cameron, a Pualski County High School senior, died in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 81 last April, two months away from graduation. His untimely death touched the community, and many members paid tribute to the colorful young man at his vigil service.
“You would walk in and his smile would just brighten a room,” Terri said. “You could be in the worst mood ever, and he would smile and it would warm your heart like no other.”
Known for his shaggy blond hair, tie-dye T-shirts and TOMS Shoes, Fitzwater was someone who gave out nothing but smilies and hugs to all that he encountered.
“On his Facebook he wrote, ‘I am unique and I like it that way.’ And that’s true, Cameron was very unique,” Terri said. “Cameron was very comfortable with who he was.”
Cameron was also very spiritual, and his death brought some closer to God, including a few of his friends.
“He was in a very peaceful place with God. He’s always read his Bible and went to church, and that’s helped others see,” Terri said. “He touched so many lives when he was alive, and he’s still touching them now.”
Cameron was very involved in the community, he was in Young Life, was an Eagle Scout and was involved with wrestling, track, drama, and theatre in school.
Cameron was accepted early admittance to West Virginia University, where his father attended college. He was on the math team, and loved to read books.
Because of his academics, his family decided to raise money for four $1,000 scholarships every year for high school seniors to assist with the costs of college.
The Color me Cameron Race this Saturday is to help raise money for this year’s Cameron Fizwater Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The color race itself was planed to honor and remember Cameron. The track for the race is Cameron’s old paper route, along with trails he used to run with his father. There will be a local band, Aside Oceans, performing some of Cameron’s favorite music, and the race is all about color, which is often how Cameron is remembered.
“We definitely tried to make the race represent him well,” Terri said. “How he was and who he was, we wanted to make it him.”
The Color Me Cameron Race is a 5K Color Run or Walk that will take place on Saturday, April 6. Registration still available at active.com and costs $25 before March 6 and $30 after. All proceeds will benefit the Cameron scholarship fund. Participants should wear white and be prepared to be blasted with color.
“I can not think of any better way to describe my son than color,” Terri said. “He never met a stranger, he was always colorful, just his personality was just so open and colorful and happy. He lived life to the absolute fullest.”
Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. presentation of a check from a group in West Virginia that was touched by Cameron’s story.
“We’re really excited,” Terri said about the race. “The day was picked to be a celebration of Cameron’s life.”