We are Team Samster!! An eclectic mix of family and new found friends that are running for a reason! I formed Team Samster, which is dedicated to my daughter and St Jude alumnus(story below) to demonstrate you don't have to be a huge corporation to make a difference. Each of the members of Samster has a different reason for running for and fundraising for St Jude. Together we are mighty and helping families get through one of the toughest challenges anyone can face! Thank you for your support----------
Eleven years ago, our family was given news so devastating, it makes it hard to breathe to even think about it. The doctor said "We think Samantha has cancer." She had ostoesarcoma in her lower right leg which had spread to her lung.. It was the worst moment of our lives and we knew we had a huge battle ahead.
For the next year, I watched my sweet daughter fight for her life. She endured hours of chemo treatments that left her weak and sick and surgeries, including one to remove a tumor in her lung.. She was a skeleton of her former 3rd grade self, but always feisty, always fighting. Always. According to what the doctors told us early on in her treatment, she is a miracle. They didn't give her much of a chance to survive the next 5 years.
But she did......Thanks to the care and RESEARCH at St Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Not only did they get us through that first year, but they have been with us every step of the way on Samantha's recovery, including arranging ground breaking surgeries to repair Samantha's leg deformities caused by removal of the tumor. This includes a 6 hour surgery October, 2015, which basically involved rebuilding her whole foot.
As members of the St. Jude family, we have also experienced tragedy. By living in Memphis during treatment,going down for check ups through the years, and participating in St. Jude fundraisers in our area we have had the chance to meet many families that have also been affected by childhood cancer. There are many, many families we know, many children we know, who have lost their battle to childhood cancer. I have to raise funds so that others can have the outcome we have had.
I'm committed to raising funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as a St. Jude Hero. It is SO important to me to raise as much money as possible. So other parents can send their children off to college and worry about normal things instead of cancer!!
St Jude took care of Samantha without charging a single penny to us or to any family they treat. Their funding comes from donations. Won"t you please help me reach my goal?
Here are some facts about St Jude you may not be aware of...........
Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from people like you, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving kids regardless of their financial situation. (That means your donation, no matter what the size, will help!)
St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90% by 2020.
St. Jude won't stop until no child dies of cancer, and neither will I. Will you join me and be a Hero, too?
Thank you for your help. Go Team Samster!!