In 1986, Cam Tribolet was on his way home from a night of drinking when, at a Ft. Wayne, Indiana, stoplight, three men tried to carjack him. During the assault, Cam was shot three times in the stomach. One bullet ripped through his aorta, another lodged near his back, and the third tore through his bowels, spewing infection throughout his body. Cam’s family was informed that he probably wouldn’t survive the night. But he did.
In the days and weeks that followed, both of Cam’s legs would be amputated above the knee. He would endure thirty-six operations and require resuscitation thirteen times. His fiancée would break up with him in the hospital. He would become addicted to drugs to deal with the pain. And he would face the loss of his career. He would even contemplate suicide. But God was not done with Cam Tribolet.
During his remarkable recovery, Cam befriended and eventually married his physical therapist, Sue, who was instrumental in helping him to find God and begin living again. Since then, his disability has not slowed him down. Cam became an engineer, a father, a downhill skier, and more.
Born out of tragedy, Cam’s life is fuller and more rewarding than he ever imagined it could be. His story of redemption, perseverance, and hope is for anyone who needs to discover that our God is a God of amazing second chances.
Cam Tribolet is many things—a living miracle, an amputee, a husband and father, a public speaker, a TV personality, a hunter, a skier, a volunteer, an architectural engineer, and a man with an amazing story. After his tragedy and amazing recovery, Cam began a support group for amputees and often speaks to new amputees about his experiences, encouraging them to move forward and embrace their new lives. A gifted public speaker, Cam shares his testimony of courage and strength with large groups every year, such as Boy Scout troops, church congregations, youth groups, conventions, and occupational therapy schools. Winner of the 2008 Pathfinder Award from Safari Club International for his volunteer work with the disabled community, Cam continues to let his light shine on everyone he personally encounters. His moving story was featured in I Survived—Beyond and Back on the Biography Channel. Cam, Sue, and their two children still reside in Fort Wayne, Indiana.