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Founder of SAMSTRONG: Search for the Cure

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.

Sam was attending 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.

Sam mobilized family and friends to create "SamStrong: Search for the Cure," a fundraiser held on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at St. John the Baptist Church in Newburgh, Indiana. Even as his health rapidly declined, Sam rallied his community to extraordinary heights of giving. In just a few very short weeks, Sam raised over $180,000 to fund pediatric brain cancer research at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

His work done, Sam slowly slipped away from us in the days following the event, and he passed from this life less than a week later. Remarkably, though, his selflessness, strength, and determination continue to inspire not only those who knew him but many who are only now hearing his story. As a tribute to Sam, so far over $200,000 has been donated to St. Jude to battle pediatric brain cancer. Thanks to Sam, new treatments may be developed to prevent or cure this disease in future generations of children.

Visitors to this tribute page are encouraged to share a few words about Sam in the guest book below. Memorial contributions in Sam's name may also be made by clicking the "Make a Donation" button to the right.

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Kim Brown
Tue, Dec 10, 2013
In honor of Sam, his family, and my co-workers on GCRM, Merry Christmas and may you all remain Samstrong.

Cheryl Kelly
Wed, Jan 16, 2013
I never met Sam but am aware of his story. What a life well-lived! I thank him for his inspiring courage, resolve and hope.

Lana Fierst
Mon, Jan 07, 2013
My deepest sympathies to your family on the loss of Sam. I was so happy that my son had the opportunity to be Sam's mentor at IUPUI. He admired him and said he was a really good guy. The world needs more people like Sam!

ST LAwrence Prayer Chain Lafayette,In
Fri, Jan 04, 2013
Sam Featherstone 01-02-13

I felt the following was appropriate to share with all the prayer chain. (We have seen and heard his struggles the past three years and he was truly a christian soldier and surely went right straight to Heaven.)
Prayers for Sam's family that their mighty strength and faith will help them in their grief.

Autumn
Fri, Jan 04, 2013
He was a very good kid. He was a very brave person. I'm glad he is in a good place. I'm glad he had supporters to stand by his side through his troubles!

Kristen Tucker
Fri, Jan 04, 2013
I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to personally meet Sam and all of you at Bob's office when you were proofing Sam's book. I believe that was fate, as we were being allowed the privilege at the time of helping Sam with Samstrong: Search for the Cure. I wish you peace and strength; Sam was such a gift. Thank you for sharing him.

William Hargis
Fri, Jan 04, 2013
I remember growing up with Sam, he was a wonderfully kind and loving friend. I'll always remember visiting him when he was staying at the McDonald House, he seemed tired, but his face lit up when we began to talk and play games. I remember thinking I was going up there to cheer him up, but I feel that seeing him smile and hearing his voice had a greater effect on me than anything I could offer him. Sam was a courageous individual and he had the drive and ability to do so much, I can only hope to someday have as much determination and to offer as much as he had. I'll always remember Sam Featherstone.

Gwyn Dekker
Thu, Jan 03, 2013
I grieve with you.

Kathy Marrs
Thu, Jan 03, 2013
Sam was a wonderful student in my Biology course at IUPUI this fall. I will always remember Sam's courage, intelligence, integrity, enthusiasm and great sense of humor. I enjoyed getting to know him and I think he was an inspiration to all of the students in our class this fall. Farewell Sam ... you will be greatly missed, and forever hold a special place in our hearts and minds.

sherry kitchen
Thu, Jan 03, 2013
we are so sad to hear of him passing. he is in gods hands now and he will always be with you . he is a angell now and he always was. we will miss him very much. keeping him in our prayers and thoughts everyday.

Sherry Shiflett
Thu, Jan 03, 2013
This is what a true hero looks like

Marcia Wilzbacher
Wed, Jan 02, 2013
Sam's mom. I sat near you at the Riley's telethon this summer.
I've told so many people about your precious son Sam.
I am so very sorry.

The Stevens
Wed, Jan 02, 2013
Stay strong. "Samstrong"

Roger Krebsbach
Wed, Jan 02, 2013
My sincerest condolences to you all. Sam was a true soldier for the cause and deserves a special place in heaven. I pray that God allows his peace and comfort for the whole family.

Niki Robinson
Wed, Jan 02, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and friends. Cancer is a horrible thing - and I pray Sam's wish comes true. No one deserves to suffer and die from this cruel disease.

Janine Aggott
Wed, Jan 02, 2013
I am extremely so for your loss. May Sam work with God now to cure these horrible cancers. I will make a donation to Samstrong right now on behalf of Sam and the 26 angels from Newtown who where there to welcome him home. #26actsofkindness.

Anita Beining, Kokomo IN
Wed, Jan 02, 2013
Please, my heart and prayers go out to you and your family, as you live my deepest fears. Our 7 year old has GBM. GOD SPEED SAM.

Cindy Merkley and family
Wed, Jan 02, 2013
Tammy my thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Pleasse let us know if there is anything we can do.

Lori King
Wed, Jan 02, 2013
My heart breaks for this family. I'm sending my deepest sympathy.

karen Boswell
Wed, Jan 02, 2013
praying for comfort in this, ur darkest hour

Melissa
Wed, Jan 02, 2013
Although we have not met, my heart breaks for you today. Being a single mother of a 19 year old son myself (we lost his dad two years ago) - I just wanted to send to you much love from both my son and myself to you!

Tammy
Wed, Jan 02, 2013
my prayers are with your family is this time of sadness

Kacie
Wed, Jan 02, 2013
Prayer's for Sam's family in the time of pain and grieving! Love to you all. Great things will come from this young mans life!

Kacie
Wed, Jan 02, 2013

Chris Ma dden
Wed, Jan 02, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. Sam was an incredible advocate. Stay Strong!

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