On May 12, 2006, my lovely mother, Alma J. Cameron, whom the foundation is named, was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. Since her transition in 2009 I have felt compelled to spread the word about the symptoms of lung cancer, the risk factors for women 45 and older and the benefits of integrative cancer treatments.
Mom was fondly known as Jean. A mother to many, Jean touched numerous people’s lives through Open Arms, a board-and-care facility for Veterans in Los Angeles that she co-founded with my sister Verlene Cameron; a real estate owner who pride herself on providing affordable housing; as well as through her continuous work within the Los Angeles community for more than 40 years and many anonymous acts of philanthropy. Little known to many, Jean, a woman of God, was a talented landscape artist and avid collector of fine art. Her demeanor was one of meek humbleness, while radiating sophistication, love and serenity.