Sam Featherstone was a 19 year old college freshman who battled brain cancer for over three years. He had multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation and three brain surgeries but despite all of these efforts, the cancer persisted and returned. Sam passed away the morning of January 2, 2013.
After graduating from Reitz Memorial High School as one of his class’ valedictorians, Sam was attending Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) on a full scholarship and had aspirations to become a pediatric oncologist, having received provisional admittance to the Indiana University School of Medicine class of 2016. Sam wanted to become a pediatric oncologist so that he could help children with brain tumors. But when he realized that his dream was not to be and that his time left on Earth was brief, Sam set new goals for himself: to raise awareness of the devastation caused by pediatric brain tumors, and to raise money for research to help find a cure for childhood brain cancer. The SamStrong team at the 2018 Give Hope. Run is dedicated to continuing Sam's mission.