The Cameron Effect- A Lincoln family and friends pay it forward after a tragic loss

Cameron (from left), Paul and Shelley Freeman are pictured. Cameron was killed in a car accident in Kansas on Nov. 23, 2010. (Courtesy photo)

Cameron (from left), Paul and Shelley Freeman are pictured. Cameron was killed in a car crash in Kansas on Nov. 23, 2010. (Courtesy photo)

Five years ago, on November 23rd, 2010, Lincoln’s Cameron Freeman died at the age of 21. He died on a northern Kansas highway with three friends who were injured, one of them critically. The four young men — all Lincoln East grads — were returning home after a nighttime concert when a stolen pickup slammed into them.

The night after her son’s funeral, Shelley Freeman thought about all of the anger and hatred aimed toward the pickup driver who had killed her son. She also thought about how she could channel her tragic loss, the loss of her son, into something good. It turned into something called “The Cameron Effect.”

In this week’s Campus Voices segment on 90.3 KRNU-FM, Rick Alloway talked with Shelley Freeman about her son’s death, her act of forgiveness, and how Cameron’s kind-hearted spirit has survived in the lives of others via “The Cameron Effect.” Click here to listen. 

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