THOMASTON — Like most in the spring of 2021, Cameron Frisone was desperate for a bit of normalcy.

Then a sixth grader at Oceanside Middle School, Frisone had hopes of coming out of the winter months, shaking free of the clutches of the pandemic and preparing for his final year playing baseball in Oceanside Little League.

Instead, while most enjoyed the fruits of the former, a curveball cut short Frisone’s enjoyment of the latter as he quickly found himself looking down another long, unfamiliar road to traverse.

“At that time Cameron was playing baseball,” said his mom Erin. “He tried to pitch a Little League game the day before we ended up in the hospital. He was just getting weaker and weaker. He gave it all he had, but he just didn’t have any strength. The following day he tried to mow our lawn and he couldn’t push the mower.”

“I went out, I only did a few rows and then I just couldn’t push it anymore,” said Frisone, now a 13-year-old eighth grader at OMS.

His father, Mike, brought him to Penobscot Bay Medical Center, where it was determined, after lab work, “to bring him to Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center.”

He was diagnosed with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, which is described, in its simplest terms, as a blood cancer where too many immature white blood cells are found in the blood and bone marrow of the host.

“I was completely devastated,” Frisone said. “I didn’t know what to say. I knew my mom’s brother had leukemia the same way and they couldn’t find a way to treat it. I was just really worried about what was going to happen to me.”

Erin described the ordeal as “pretty overwhelming” and “the most difficult thing our family’s been through.”

“We were just trying to come out of COVID, get back to school and play baseball,” she said. “And then … none of that was going to happen.”

Frisone, to this point, has endured nearly 18 months of treatment and currently is in what his mom described as the “maintenance stage” of his treatment, with roughly three more years of various types of treatment ahead.

“After the first month of treatment in June of 2021 they check your bone marrow for the cancer cells,” said Erin. “And they did not see any in his bone marrow, which is really promising. The first day [of treatment] it was 80 percent of his bone marrow were leukemia cells and after one month of treatment, they didn’t see any.”

“We were told it is a very treatable type of leukemia,” she said. “So we’re hopeful that this all goes well.”

Frisone, who lives in Rockland, has been medically cleared to return to sports, but he has yet to return to the physical nature of athletics as “the side affects from his medications really hold him back,” said his mom.

So, in the interim, he has embraced a new role.

To stay involved, Frisone has been the bookkeeper for the OMS boys and girls soccer teams this fall.

“He wants to be with his friends,” said his mom. “And we said it was up to him and he said, ‘I think I’ll just manage [the books].’ ”

“I still wanted to be on the team and hang out with my friends,” Frisone said. “That’s really what’s important to me when I play sports.”

“As a student he is academically gifted,” said OMS boys soccer coach Ryan Verrill, who also had Frisone in class as a seventh grader. “While he was missing many days of school last year, he excelled and pushed himself to be the best student he could. Even qualifying for the advanced algebra class in eighth grade.”

He went out for baseball this past spring as a seventh grader, but also opted to be the team’s bookkeeper.

“I definitely learned how to keep the book in baseball,” Frisone said. “That was a new thing to me. My dad taught me that as we were going through it. Soccer, it’s pretty easy. But it’s been fun keeping track of everything and everyone asking me what’s going on.”

“As a manager he has been amazing helping with stats and keeping us organized,” Verrill said. “He has been very helpful with giving his observation during practice and the team’s play during the game.”

Frisone will keep the book for the No. 2 Mariner boys as they prepare to compete in the Busline League championship game against No. 1 Camden-Rockport on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 4:15 p.m. at his school in Thomaston.

After that?

“I’m definitely going to be snowboarding this winter,” Frisone said. “And I’m hoping to play baseball next year. I might play soccer too. It depends on how everything is going.”