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frac­ture sig­nals the be­gin­ning of bone re­ab­sorp­tion by the body. As bone is slowly ab­sorbed, it is re­placed by new tis­sue and bone.

Prior to the ini­tial di­ag­no­sis by Dr. Gregg Fer­raro, Chris But­ler, But­ler’s fa­ther, no­ticed that his son was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing pain in his thigh re­gion when he ran at times dur­ing his soc­cer game and brought it to Fer­raro’s at­ten­tion.

Fer­raro, whose son played with the younger But­ler on the soc­cer team, saw that he was limp­ing and then brought him in to the doc­tor’s of­fice for X-rays where Fer­raro then dis­cov­ered the con­di­tion.

Fer­raro then re­ferred But­ler to Ge­orge­town Univer­sity Hospital where he had to have ma­jor hip surgery on both hips at 12, which was done by Dr. John De­la­hay.

Af­ter surgery, But­ler was in a wheel­chair for three months and was told that he had to stop wrestling for nine months to a year.

“It was scary. I would have leg pains, it was aching and hurt­ing,” said But­ler, re­liv­ing the tough mo­ment. “The doc­tors said that a lot of kids don’t even play sports again or it is hard for them to walk. I re­mem­ber my dad would have to carry me to save me from the pain. It was aw­ful. Af­ter the surg­eries, it was very hard to cope with. At times I was to weak to even walk.”

Fer­raro said how tough it was to see the young But­ler go through the life-chang­ing di­ag­no­sis.

“When he was di­ag­nosed it was a sad day for me,” said Fer­raro, a for­mer stand­out wrestler from West­ern Penn­syl­va­nia who has had his own prac­tice at Cap­i­tal Area Or­tho­pe­dic As­so­ci­ates in La Plata for 10 years. “Cam was a real good soc­cer player and wrestler grow­ing up. To see that hap­pen to him was tough to see. The surg­eries helped him heal, but he had to mod­ify his ac­tiv­ity in sports.”

Many fam­ily and friends were shocked of the news that But­ler wasn’t on the wrestling mat or the soc­cer field, but he un­der­went hours of phys­i­cal ther­apy, trained and was able to re­cover well enough where he re­turned to the wrestling mat 18 months later.

“The emo­tional ups and downs of not be­ing able to play sports and not know what his fu­ture would hold as far as sports were some tough years for our fam­ily,” said the older But­ler.

The younger But­ler went on to be a stout wrestler at La Plata un­der head coach John Pankhurst, but went through even more ad­ver­sity.

The last sev­eral sea­sons, But­ler wasn’t able to fin­ish well in the post­sea­son, but, in his fi­nal year with the War­riors, he won his

first-ever SMAC tour­na­ment ti­tle, 2A-1A South Re­gion tour­na­ment ti­tle and cel­e­brated state gold, which was a dream come true.

“Last year I didn’t even place at states,” said But­ler, who will be at­tend­ing Divi­sion I’s Clar­ion Univer­sity (Pa.) in the fall to con­tinue wrestling ca­reer. “This is spe­cial. I’m so thank­ful. Hav­ing this dis­ease made stronger. All the train­ing and sup­port from my friends, fam­ily and men­tors made it all pos­si­ble.”

But­ler said that some of his men­tors saw him claim the state crown, in­clud­ing for­mer head La Plata wrestling coach Todd Sharp, Fer­raro, St. Charles head coach wrestling coach Ja­son Kiessling, along with other fam­ily and friends.

“Cameron has been a fighter in life and on the mat. He is tena­cious in com­pe­ti­tion and I know that he is go­ing to suc­ceed at the next level,” Pankhurst said. “I’m for­tu­nate to have been part of Cameron’s life these past years and mov­ing for­ward as well.”

But­ler, who of­ten trains with Kiessling sev­eral times a week, also will be train­ing this sum­mer with the Mary­land na­tion- al team to pre­pare for the next level.

“Ev­ery­one has to over­come ad­ver­sity. You just have to stay with a pos­i­tive outlook on life,” But­ler said. “There is no sub­sti­tute for heart and hard work.”

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