“There is a long line of difference makers in my family, I am following in the footsteps of some really strong men and women who’ve showed me what it means to give back. It’s the greatest way to fulfill yourself,” late actor Cameron Boyce said.
Boyce peacefully passed away in his sleep on July 6, 2019 at age 20 due to “an ongoing medical condition he was receiving treatment for”, according to his family.
A role model for our generation, Boyce strived to be the best person he could be, on and off the camera. His notable work with charities and the Cameron Boyce Foundation leaves behind a legacy untouched by the usual arrogance and selfishness that accompanies fame.
The Cameron Boyce foundation is a non-profit organization that exists to aid causes Boyce was passionate about, such as ending gun violence, advocating for clean water globally, epilepsy awareness, and spreading kindness.
He once said, “We all go… what you leave should be bigger than you”, and he is achieving just that through the countless supporters maintaining his legacy.
Though most of us know him from Disney Channel hit show Jessie, Boyce also had roles in Good Luck Charlie, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, Shake it Up, and The Descendants. Boyce’s role in Jessie as Luke was actually not an original role, but when Boyce auditioned for a smaller role, the directors were so impressed that they created the role of Luke specifically for him.
Whether it be on TV or through charitable work, Boyce has left a mark on the world, and will forever remain a prominent piece of Gen Z’s childhood.