You Can Keep Him

"You Can Keep Him is a story of love, life and liberation
coupled with faith and understanding of God's gifts."
-- Deseret News


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PROLOGUE:

We All Have a Mission

Whether you call it a mission, a destiny, a purpose, or a reason for living, we all have one. It doesn’t matter if you are big or small, male or female, rich or poor, young or old; we all have things to teach those around us. We each have so much to offer, regardless of whether we know it or not. This is the story of Cameron Birch—Cam—and how one little five-year-old boy found his mission in life, accomplished it perfectly, and how he touched countless hearts, and changed untold lives along the way.

This is the story of what he taught me. This is his story. It is a true story of love, charity, compassion, courage, patience, faith, and service. This is far more than preserving a memory. It is more than a record of his life. It is sharing his amazing life with others so his example, his life, his mission continue far into the future.

Everyone who met Cam was touched by him. Meeting and spending time with Cam was like standing next to a fire—you couldn’t help but be warmed by his spirit and the love coming from deep in his heart. Watching him live his self-proclaimed mission changed them.

He inspired all around him to find their missions. To attack them, and to not let anything get in the way of accomplishing them. We all have more we can achieve, more we can offer. Some of us have many great things we’ll accomplish in this life. Some of us will live quiet lives, lives that never see fame or fortune, or acclaim. If we live the best life we can, none of that matters. We are all so much stronger than we give ourselves credit for.

Cam taught me this through an entire lifetime of lessons crammed into a crash course of just over 13 months. These lessons are my most precious memories. Even though many of them were taught through tragedy and heartbreak, they are more valuable than any possession, any acclaim, and any fortune I could ever gain.

Cam was only five. How could he have taught me, and so many others, about life and how to get the most out of it?

It all started when a doctor said, “Cam, we found out why you have headaches, and it’s bad, really bad.” It was cancer. It was bad. Very bad. What the doctor couldn’t have known then was that it would also be inspirational, unforgettable, and unbelievable.