It killed me to hear someone say we didnt have a stable family, so I said to myself, Sarah, put pride to the side, and take care of your grandson, Sarah Gamble said, her voice cracking. I was unhappy with the path my daughter took, but I was not going to let the state take that sweet little boy from us. Id make some sacrifices and let Raquel finish school.
She quit her job, and stayed home with her grandson. Eventually, her savings ran out, and the Mazda was repossessed. They had no choice but to move to the projects in Durham.
All I had to live on was Camerons Social Security, which was $300 per month, Sarah Gamble said. We moved into the projects and we learned really quickly that the core of our happiness doesnt come from money or nice clothes or a car. It was very humbling. We learned to appreciate the smaller things, and our love for each other.
It was scary. We had a bullet come through the wall one night. But we learned that a lot of the people living there were great people. Circumstances brought them there, just like us.
Julian was in high school at the time, and he quickly became a father figure to Cameron. He bathed him, helped change him and feed him. He watched Camerons favorite TV show, Price is Right, with him. He played a game with him where every time Cameron touched Uncle Julian, he would fall over and the two of them would laugh. Julian also was his nephews assistant in the Miracle League, a T-ball baseball league for disabled children.
Raquel got her bachelors degree in criminal justice from North Carolina Central University in 2010. In a few months, she is scheduled to earn a masters degree in forensic science from Florida Gulf Coast University. She has two other sons, a 2-year-old and a newborn. She keeps in contact with Cameron via Skype, and visits when she can.
Sarah Gamble went back to work four years ago, when Cameron began attending school. She and Julian get great joy from Camerons small successes a new word (all right is the latest), using his hands to select photos on an iPad, smiling at UM basketball games. Julian Skypes them every day.
He may not be able to audibly communicate, but he communicates with me and I understand him and he understands me, as well, Gamble said. We have a lot of fun together. I wouldnt be the same person without him.