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On January 17, a quiet battle
took place among the members
of the T&T Defence Force, as
soldiers, coast guard and air
guard officers pitted against each
other to try to impress a 10-year-
The boy, Kamron Hinds, a San-
gre Grande resident, is a patient
at the Wendy Fitzwilliam paedi-
atric hospital in Mt Hope and is
fighting his own battle with acute
lymphoblastic leukemia, a form
Kamron, who is one of over 50
children being supported in the
Just Because Foundation s
"Courageous Kids" programme
was diagnosed with the cancer
He has experienced intermit-
tent hospital stays, and will most
likely miss school until the new
term in September as he is treated
for his illness.
In an interview last week, Kam-
ron s mother Michelle described
her son as a driven young man,
who has wanted to be a soldier
for as far as she can remember.
Asked why he wanted to be a
soldier, she said it was very likely
because of the video game Call
The Just Because Foundation, headed
by Chevaughn and Noel Joseph, began a
"Wishing Well" initiative last year.
In an interview at her home in Diego
Martin, Chevaughn said the wishing well
initiative was about making sure the
children had positive thoughts which
would contribute to their wellness.
"We interviewed the kids last year
and one of the questions was if you
had one wish, what would it be,"
"We realised that a lot of the things
the children wished for, was simple
things that we could do.
"All the kids have a different dream, a
different wish and we will do things one
step at a time to make sure we can
make their wishes come true."
The programme, which attempts to
grant wishes in support of wellness, is a
process where children are interviewed
and the foundation, through the support
of citizens, community members and
sponsors, contribute to make a child's
wish come true.
Kamron, isn't the first child to receive
a wish in the programme.
Last year, three-year-old Kaelon said
all he wanted to do when he grew up
was "eat cake."
This wish was granted in the form of
a huge birthday cake sponsored by an
employee of the Kiss baking company,
while 17-year-old Stephon, who always
dreamed of travelling to another
country, was gifted with a trip to
Barbados with his mother. The tickets
were donated by Caribbean airlines.
Kamron's day wish was slightly
different to accomplish, but turned into
a strategically fun day which he and his
brother Keagon still describe as the
"best day ever."
Call of duty
hospital, from where he
was given a military
escort to the Western
peninsula to visit the
Coast Guard base, at
He was allowed on to
two vessels and
witnessed the tail end of
an operation. Kamron
was then taken to the
regiment base at Teteron,
Chaguaramas where he
had target practice,
shooting blanks, before
going on a helicopter ride
to Piarco to meet the Air
"We are looking at
different ways to
continue our relationship
with Kamron. He is really
a soldier to his heart."
He said the military's
experience with Kamron
was a "real feel good
moment" for the
organisation and was an
example of the different
ways the organisation
could serve the public.
Major Al Alexander
salutes Kamron outside
the Wendy Fitzwilliam
Kamron Hinds makes his way across one the obstacles during his visit to Tetron Barracks, Chaguaramas.
SOLDIER AT HEART
Civil Military Affairs
Officer of the T&T Defence
Force, Major Al Alexander,
said the entire Defence
Force was more than
happy to get involved to
grant Kamron's wish.
He said when
passed on to Chief of
Defence Staff Brig Gen
Kenrick Maharaj, his only
instruction was to go all
out to ensure Kamron had
a memorable and
"Although we were told
Kamron intended to
become a soldier, we took
the opportunity to show
him the entire community,"
"The different arms of
the Defence Force got
involved, and there was a
bit of competition to see
who could impress him the
Kamron's day, which he
shared with his brother
and parents, began with a
surprise visit at the
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