He was only two years old, but to everyone in Eufaula, he was their super hero.
Hudson Campbell lost his battle to brain cancer over the weekend.
At the age of two, little Hudson Campbell became quite the star of Eufaula High School and this community.
“We watched him. We held him. Tim held him at every Friday night football game. To see them go through this—it’s hard on everybody, especially the family. You know we live in a great community,” said Megan Luna.
The community and the family rocked when he was diagnosed last fall with brain cancer.
Even though Hudson lost his battle last weekend, his impact can be felt all over town.
“We all came together and thought what can we do for Harper? Hudson’s sister. She’s in Pre-K. So, she’s not going to go to the services. I thoughts were to bring some happy moment to her, so the ballon release is kind of her moment to shine and release the balloons to her brother in heaven,” said Caina Grider, a family friend.
Now friends are stepping in and continuing to fight and rally for the Campbell family.
“Continue to surround the family and just be around them and be there six months from now, a year from now, carry on Hudson’s memory and positivity and just continue to be around the family and support them,” said Grider.
“People have brought them food. People have donated. Everybody has tried to make things easier, but there’s nothing that can fill that void. It’s a tragedy and the town feels it too. I mean they hurt when Kelley and Michael hurt,” said Luna.
Friends said support has come from all over.
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation helped cover hospital costs and Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital working tirelessly to find a cure.
“He’s a hero to so many. It made me a better parent. It made me a better person. It made me look at life differently. I’m a better mom seeing Kelley and what’s she’s gone through has helped me be a better parent, appreciate those little moments,” said Luna.
Hudson’s funeral will be held Thursday.
The family said Hudson’s Superman casket was donated by McAlester Regional Hospital, where Hudson’s mother works.
The family asks donations be made in Hudson Campbell’s name to Saint Jude so they can help find an end to childhood brain cancer.