Last Updated on: January 22nd, 2018
Some of you may remember Baby Sam from this post, and I have to thank those of you who donated to this little girl’s fundraiser for cancer research. Today’s post is to give you an update of this brave, smart and adorable little girl, and to show off my new video-making skills!
Samantha, affectionately called Sam by her friends and family, is my one-year-old niece who has retinoblastoma. This is a rare form of eye cancer, usually hereditary.
Her father, Charlie also has retinoblastoma. He now has only one eye. Sam, on the other hand, still has both, and can see well enough to spot crumbs on the floor!
Her last check-up at SickKids Hospital in Toronto revealed that her cancer has been “killed” as a result of all of her treatments. She has made many visits to SickKids since she was two days old, and has received cryotherapy, chemotherapy, and laser therapy to treat the tumors found in both of her eyes.
Sam also has glasses, stylish baby blue ones, as seen in this photo:
On June 14th, 2013, Sam walked a lap in the Relay For Life fundraiser in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She was asked to “kick off” the event, and decided to accept that honour!
Over 1000 people gathered on the lawn of Old Fort William Historical Park, where the event took place. Sam was one of the 695 participants and one of 125 cancer survivors, according to Tara Mintenko, who provided me with these numbers.
Sam, her big brother, Alistair, her father, Charlie, and her mother, Janice, were the four people who walked with the mayor’s wife at the “head” of this walk. She was the youngest participant, and is the youngest cancer survivor (to date) in Thunder Bay!
Sam was supported by many people, including her Grandma and yours truly. I brought my cell phone, which has a camcorder built into it, to the Relay For Life. I took a bunch of pictures before it dawned on me to take a video!
I also spent some time “captioning” the video I took, and am pleased with the final product. Here is the video I made of Sam, my sweet little niece![youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITBSMvjnJa4&w=560&h=315]
Sam was also on the local news!
If you have been moved by the above video, or know someone who is battling cancer, or simply want to donate to finding a cure for cancer, you can do so by visiting this link: The Canadian Cancer Society
You can also see more pictures and videos by visiting Sam on Facebook via her mom’s page. Visit Janice and Sam here.
Thank you for watching, and for supporting Cancer Research!
As always, I LOVE hearing from you! Let me know your thoughts, feelings and reactions by leaving me a comment, please!
Oh, and in case you missed it, here is a post about what I made and gave my dad for Father’s Day!