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Samantha is a happy 13 year old who loves to read and ride horses. She dreams of becoming a pediatric oncologist one day to help kids like her who have been diagnosed with cancer.
As a baby, Samantha was constantly throwing up. Her parents took her to the doctor over and over looking for answers and were told she had severe acid reflex. When she was 6 months old, a lump appeared on her abdomen. At that point, they were told to take Samantha to the children’s hospital immediately. Samantha was diagnosed with pediatric hepatoblastoma, a form of liver cancer.
Samantha went through six rounds of chemotherapy and multiple surgeries, including a liver resection that removed three-quarters of her liver and her gallbladder. Happily, she is now in remission.
Samantha is a brave, kind and thoughtful person who loves raising money and awareness for childhood cancer by having lemonade stands. Amazingly, she even looks forward to the day she will be old enough to help more by donating blood!
Like many children who have been treated for cancer, Samantha experienced side effects from her chemotherapy. She has severe high frequency hearing loss as a result of the treatment that saved her life. Her mom hopes that she will have much happiness in life, and that the late effects of chemo will not slow her down or stop her from pursuing her dreams.
Samantha enjoys fundraising for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and looks forward to a day where childhood cancer can be cured for all kids.
Information provided by Jill Hill, Samantha’s Mother
Updated July 2018
Samantha with Liz & Jay Scott, Chef Suzanne Goin, business partner Caroline Styne and Chef David Lentz at the LA Loves Alex's Lemonade Stand Fundraiser in 2015.
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