Samantha's Story

Samantha was born in Virginia Beach in May of 1988 and was your typical happy, energetic child. She attended Kings Grant Elementary School, Lynnhaven Middle School and graduated from First Colonial High School with Honors. She enjoyed life, art, music and sports. She was an accomplished Pole Vaulter and loved her Red Sox.

At the end of her sophomore year in high school, just prior to her 16th birthday, she was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, bone cancer, in her right tibia.The treatment entailed chemotherapy and surgical limb salvage procedure that removed her bone and inserted a titanium rod in its place. After a year treatment she was in remission and returned to her senior year of high school where she graduated from First Colonial High School with honors. Prior to entering her freshman year of college at East Carolina University she found a lump and she was again back into treatment, this time radiation and chemotherapy. Months later she was again deemed in remission, and off to ECU. Halfway through her sophomore year at ECU she discovered a mass behind her knee and this time the treatment was an above knee amputation. Within months she was back at ECU with her new prosthetic leg. Unfortunately the cancer had metastasized, into her lungs and she lost her courageous battle in January of 2009.

Sam loved life. She loved people. She loved helping people. Those of us lucky enough to know Sam are forever blessed. She had a way of making you love her and those around her by just smiling. 

Cancer might have taken her life but she had the last laugh. No matter how hard the cancer or the cure attacked her she could still smile through it. Everyday she would smile at strangers and friends alike, and we would forget about her pain for a short moment. So today and every day, share a little bit of Sam with everyone, smile at them and make their day a little better. That is what Sam would do.