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A SOCCER MOM
Former La Cueva star put her athletic future on the line to donate organ to her mother
BY OLLIE REED JR.
WJOURNAL STAFF WRITER
hat if you chased the same dream since you
were barely more than a toddler and then found out you could save the life of someone you love if you gave it up?
For former La Cueva High soccer star Cameron Dixon, it was a no-brainer.
She kicked the dream to the curb.
Dixon, a scholarship player on Portland (Oregon) State University’s soccer team, sacrificed her senior season to provide a large portion of her liver to her
mother during transplant surgery in July.
“My whole life I knew
I wanted to play Division 1 soccer,” Dixon, 21, said during a phone interview from Kyle, Texas, where her mother, Jamie Ellman, now lives. “I remember seeing the women’s national team and how inspirational they were on and off the field. I started playing soccer when I was 4.”
Her mother, who suffers from an inherited genetic disease called PKD/
PLD, or polycystic kidney and liver disease, went into liver failure in the
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Persons interested in getting on a kidney donor list to possibly help Jamie Ellman or others can go to www. universityhealth. com/services/ transplant-care/ living-donation/ living-kidney-donor
COURTESY OF JAMIE ELLMAN
Former La Cueva soccer standout Cameron Dixon, left, and her mother, Jamie Ellman, in Portland, Oregon, in August 2021. Dixon, a former La Cueva High soccer star, sat out soccer season at Portland State to donate part of her liver to her mom.
RIGHT: Cameron Dixon, left, and her mother, Jamie Ellman, display scars from transplant surgery this past July.
COURTESY OF TOM LANE
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