“We would like to thank the entire team at Advanced Care Physical Therapy for providing outstanding care to Cameron to get him back to his competitive level during his battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Everyone at Advanced Care was fantastic!” –The MacDonald Family
“Our team is privileged to help so many wonderful people in our clinics. Working with Cameron has impacted every member on our team. His courage, strength and attitude is simply remarkable. ” –Chuck Collard, ACPT VP/Carly’s Club Co-founder
Cameron MacDonald, was a member of the Williamsville North boys swim team’s 200-yard medley relay that took seventh at the state meet in a school record time of 1:38.70. MacDonald is the Amherst Bee’s 2012-13 Male Athlete of the Year. When Cameron MacDonald entered his freshman year at Williamsville North, he envisioned one day playing collegiate lacrosse, but instead he will be swimming the 50- and 100-yard freestyle, and the 100 butterfly in the fall at Canisius College. What changed? “I think I’m naturally better at swimming than lacrosse,” said MacDonald, the Amherst Bee’s 2012-13 Male Athlete of the Year. “I got worn down playing lacrosse. Swimming is much easier for me to be successful at.” “We had been shooting for the 200 medley relay school record all year,” MacDonald said. “It was one of our big goals for the season. It was a huge relief to finally get the time.”
At the Section VI Championships, MacDonald helped the 200 medley relay lower the school record time to 1:39. MacDonald leaves North as a two-time Class A champion in the 50 and 100 free and a three-time state qualifier in the 400 free relay, a two-time qualifier in the 50 free, and a qualifier in the 100 free and 200 medley and 200 free relays. In addition to the 200 medley relay, he also set school records as part of the 200 and 400 free relays. Throughout his high school swimming career, MacDonald was not a vocal leader, but led by example. “I don’t think I ever gave a pre-meet speech or anything like that,” he said. “I definitely tried to work hard.” MacDonald, a three-year captain, concluded his four-year high school career with 658 saves and a 57 percent save percentage. MacDonald won the Bob Scott Award, named after the former All-American and coach at Johns Hopkins University that is given to a senior who is an exceptional player, invests time to develop the game in his community, and is a great person on and off the field. Despite all of MacDonald’s achievements in sports, nothing compared to overcoming Hodgkin’s Lymphoma during the summer entering his sophomore year. “High school sports are fun, but they are not the end all, be all,” MacDonald said. “It definitely puts a lot of perspective on what you want to do or be in the future.