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i am sam


As soon as Sam could crawl he was in search of adventure. Always exploring the world, he felt basic rules restricted him from getting the most out of life.  He was a compassionate leader with a creative and absorbent mind, soaking in information about world history and politics while movies like Lord of the Rings gave him deep ideas to ponder. With a competitive spirit, he loved football at recess and watching NBA basketball at home. If asked what was on his mind, he might have disclosed his latest business scheme or thoughts on how to turn Star Wars into a middle school drama production. Close friends and family have all heard him say, “I want to change the world.”


Diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma at age 9 caused him to lose his left leg and part of his right foot but not his pursuit of adventure. He lived with cancer for six years, engaging in life-giving activities in between treatments or whenever the disease was stable. While cancer slowly grew in his lungs, Sam found ways to forget the bad stuff through meaningful activities like surfing, great books, and time with friends. He lived well and loved deep. He had a way of putting people at ease during his very difficult struggle. He loved me so well and he is now a part of me. He was my remarkable boy and I loved being his mom. 

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