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Cameron Mathison of 'Home & Family' Gets Candid about First Father's Day after Kidney Cancer

Junie Sihlangu
Jun 14, 2020
04:30 A.M.

This year, on June 21, 2020, actor Cameron Mathison will be spending his first Father’s Day holiday without kidney cancer. The “Home & Family” star opened up about this incredible milestone.

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Mathison has been battling kidney cancer or renal cell carcinoma for a while. However, the star managed to beat the disease, and this year he’ll be celebrating Father’s Day cancer-free.

Speaking about being in quarantine from the novel coronavirus disease, the actor said: "All things considered, we are pretty lucky and doing our best.” He added, “The kids are hanging in there," and "We are still working, so we are lucky."

Cameron Mathison and Vanessa Arevalo with their children Lucas Arthur and Leila Emmanuelle Mathison at the World Premiere of "Pete's Dragon" on August 8, 2016, in Hollywood, California | Photo: Barry King/Getty Images

Cameron Mathison and Vanessa Arevalo with their children Lucas Arthur and Leila Emmanuelle Mathison at the World Premiere of "Pete's Dragon" on August 8, 2016, in Hollywood, California | Photo: Barry King/Getty Images

ACTOR IS GRATEFUL

Mathison is a father to two teenagers aged 13 and 16, with his wife Vanessa. He shared how his family had shown him support as he faced surgery and recovery.

The star revealed that he was “really grateful” to be alive today to continue raising his children. He also looked forward to a long and healthy life with them.

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FEELING BETTER

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Mathison confessed: "I am feeling even better now than before." Besides feeling thankful, the actor shared his status: "I am feeling strong, healthy, and motivated.”

This year, the “Good Morning America” contributor is partnering with Hallmark Cards for Father’s Day. He’s set to curate a custom gift guide for those looking for something special for that special man in their lives.

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A SPECIAL GIFT

Mathison revealed that he had a special gift which he gave his own father every year. The tradition has now filtered through to his family and children.

The star shared how he always sent handwritten cards to his parents on special days. The actor noted how the cards were always received:

“They literally call me and they read them back and it means so much to them, and they get tears in their eyes.”

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FATHER’S DAY

The television host admitted that Father’s Day was an important day for him."It is so touching and Father's Day, in particular, is the time where you can really celebrate how important it is and what my father means to me, and what I mean to my kids," the actor explained.

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STOPPING PRODUCTION

He shared how he’d put together the Hallmark gift guide for all fathers and new ones. On March 16, 2020, “Home & Family” stopped production amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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MATHISON’S CO-HOST

The show is hosted by Debbie Matenopoulos and Mathison at Universal City in Los Angeles. In the meantime, Hallmark has been airing repeats to keep fans entertained.

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FORMER SOAP OPERA ACTOR

Last year, the former “All My Children" actor took to social media to reveal the scars he gained after having surgery. He had a procedure to remove a tumor leading to his cancer-free diagnosis.

REMOVING A MASS

The star had surgery to remove a 4.2-centimeter mass on his right kidney which is "consistent with renal cell carcinoma." Mathison’s doctors believed the mass had been growing in him for at least 10 years.

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