EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Its been eight months since the passing of Camden Hancock.
Camden was a senior at Reitz when he was diagnosed with an aggressive and rare form of brain cancer after suffering a seizure at the wheel of his beloved car.
On Monday, his family set out to honor his memory as the first ever Camden Hancock Legacy Scholarship was given to another Panther senior.
Tanner Bell, an All-American swimmer, and accomplished runner, was announced as the first recipient of the legacy scholarship and given the $3,000 award. Bell was chosen unanimously out of 18 applicants, who fit the 3.0 GPA, extra-curricular activity and citizenship requirements.
For Camden’s family, starting the scholarship fund was the perfect way to honor his life.
“Camden was such an amazing person and such an amazing brother, so for us to carry on his legacy and so for us to be able to carry on his legacy and his memory, it’s just an amazing thing," says Ryley Hancock, Camden’s sister. "Even now I still think ‘oh i’m just gonna shoot him a text’ or something, you get sad obviously but you just gotta keep on living, that’s what they would want you to do.”
“It means a lot, I was walking up there and I got a little emotional, I’m not gonna lie, because I knew Camden and I knew all he stood for and just hanging out with him and knowing him and him always being someone I looked up to," Bell explains. "That’s what hit me the most and it was just that realization. The heart he has, the way he impacted people through the way he lived, that would be the one way to describe carrying on his legacy.”
Bell plans on majoring in Education at USI this fall.
You can do your part in contributing to the Camden Hancock Legacy Scholarship fund, by clicking the above link, or attending the golf scramble in Camden’s honor at Cambridge Golf Course on June 27.