In the present day, Cameron’s dad and mom Victor and Libby Boyce are on a mission to remedy epilepsy and remove Sudden Sudden Dying in Epilepsy or SUDEP, which is blamed for Cameron’s loss of life. They based The Cameron Boyce Basis shortly after as a response to their loss.
Talking with CNN, Victor defined that Cameron had not suffered many seizures earlier than the one which took his life, “he saved that to himself, and he managed that, he by no means let epilepsy outline him.”
As a substitute, Cameron centered his activism on different causes, together with preventing towards gun violence, offering clear water and ending homelessness.
When it got here to understanding epilepsy, Libby defined to CNN, “we did not be taught that a lot about it when Cameron was alive as a result of it impacted his life so little.” She pointed to a statistic from the Epilepsy Basis that discovered 1 in 26 individuals within the US will develop signs of epilepsy throughout their lives and mentioned that one of many basis’s objectives is to “pull epilepsy out of the darkness … and have or not it’s mentioned and researched extra.”
The Cameron Boyce Basis is elevating cash and partnering with companies to fund epilepsy analysis. They’re additionally working to lift consciousness that epilepsy will be deadly. SUDEP has few warning indicators; Libby defined that they do not need to scare individuals. As a substitute, their objective is to “clarify that if in case you have epilepsy, be taught as a lot as you’ll be able to and advocate as a lot as you’ll be able to together with your physicians.”
Cameron’s co-stars are becoming a member of the trigger. Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek, Karan Brar, Dove Cameron and Sophie Reynolds are simply among the celebrities who joined the muse’s advisory board.
Brar and Reynolds are heading up an initiative for the muse that builds on a social media marketing campaign that Cameron began. Wielding Peace options images of celebrities, gun violence survivors and supporters “wielding” objects like books, musical devices and artwork provides quite than weapons. The objective is to encourage younger individuals to decide on peace as an alternative of violence via creativity.
Libby defined that Cameron noticed the humanities as a software to cut back gun violence. “in the event you had artistic shops, [young people] would in all probability be extra constructive and fewer prone to depend on violence as a mode of communication.”
The Covid-19 pandemic just isn’t stopping the Cameron Boyce Basis from funding the humanities. They not too long ago partnered with Inside-Metropolis Arts, a Los Angeles arts training group. As a substitute of funding an in-person pictures class, they held it just about, instructing 15 college students the mechanics of taking footage and serving to them higher perceive their subject material. Libby mentioned they had been so happy with the category that they intend to construct on the partnership.When the pandemic stopped TV and movie manufacturing, the muse made a donation in Cameron’s title to the Actors Fund. Victor defined they made positive the cash wouldn’t simply profit Cameron’s fellow actors, but additionally the individuals behind the digicam. “Cameron was at all times searching for them as a result of they’re tremendous essential and you recognize they do not get sufficient accolades. They do not. They do not get sufficient credit score for what they do.”
Activism runs within the Boyce household. Cameron’s grandmother is Jo Ann Boyce, a civil rights pioneer and a member of the Clinton 12. They had been the primary Black college students to combine the highschool in Clinton, Tennessee in 1956.
Victor mentioned the affect his mom’s actions had on Cameron. “You could possibly simply inform that Cameron was immersed within the historical past and simply amazed at what my mother needed to undergo, in addition to all people else who was Black within the South … It impacted him drastically, and I believe it clicked one thing in his mind that that is simply not acceptable. That is simply not one thing you’ll be able to sit idly by and simply say, ‘Hey no matter.’ That is why I believe he was keen about not solely [nonviolence] however simply activism generally.”
Whereas Victor and Libby are utilizing donations to the muse to maintain Cameron’s legacy alive, Victor desires individuals to know those that don’t have cash to spare can honor him by simply being variety to 1 one other. “Cameron shall be very pleased with all people that is serving to and attempting to make a distinction on the earth as a result of that is what he was attempting to do.”