Northborough teen celebrates more than a birthday

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By Liz Nolan, Contributing Writer

Northborough teen celebrates more than a birthday
Christian Campero (center) with some of his favorite mascots as he celebrates his 13th birthday.
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Northborough – Christian Campero became an official teenager on Nov. 21. Turning 13 is a big deal, but it is an even bigger deal for this Northborough resident because he is a cancer survivor. He’s been in remission for eight years and off treatment for five years. This birthday was more than turning 13; it was a blessing.

His mom Tricia was not going to let a pandemic stop the celebration with friends and family. With the help of the Northborough Police and Fire Departments, Robert E. Melican Middle School Assistant Principal Jennifer Callahan and Selectman Tim Kaelin, she organized a drive-by parade that started at Lincoln Street School and ended at the Melican, where Christian is a seventh grader. More than 30 cars came through honking their horns, bringing gifts and waving signs wishing Christian a happy birthday.

“It was really special to see all the friends and family who supported Christian during his treatment all there to see him reach such a special birthday milestone,” Tricia said.

Christian’s favorite mascots from the Worcester Railers, Worcester Bravehearts, PawSox, and Massachusetts Pirates also showed up to be a part of the fun.