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Community rallies behind young burn victim

Fundraiser for Jessica Cameron and her family
Posted at 11:42 PM, Feb 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-01 23:42:25-05

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — More than 100 people came out to BAC for Women in Tonawanda Friday night to sweat for a cause. Spin, Zumba and Power30 classes brought the community together to raise money for young burn victim, Jessica Cameron and her family.

Jessica Cameron was allegedly set on fire in December by her ex-boyfriend near a dumpster at a Tim Hortons in the City of Tonawanda. She remains at ECMC where she continues to recover from severe injuries.

"It happened in a little town to a beautiful little girl on a Monday afternoon and things like this shouldn't happen to people," Jessica's mother, Christina, said. She continued, "The entire community has been touched by Jessica and it's a story Jessica will have to tell some day."

The event at BAC for Women is expected to raise thousands of dollars for the young mother, leaving Christina Cameron overwhelmed and grateful.

"The community support and all of the family and friends that are here, it's just beautiful."

Since her attack six weeks ago, Jessica has had multiple surgeries and skin grafts in what's still expected to be a long road to recovery.

"It's the reality she deals with. Bravery and courage and strength that goes beyond a reasonable understanding," her mother said.

And as Jessica continues to fight and heal, her mother believes her fight is inspiring others.

"Her story is so much bigger than us...I think it touches a lot of people in many ways."

The Cameron family is continuing to ask for donations to this GoFundMe and also asking for the community to send Jessica cards and words of encouragement during her recovery.

Send cards to:
C/O Jessica Cameron
462 Grider Street, Burn Unit – Room #1954
Buffalo, NY 14215