I remember the first time I met Sam. Several years ago I was at a womans showcase in town and Sam had a booth set up to showcase her photography. I had no idea then that we would later become friends. Sam and I now share a studio space near downtown Fargo. She is the most loving, goofy and pretty girl you will ever meet. She is also the toughest.
Sam is only 25 years old but the amount of things she has had to endure the past few years is more than most of us will ever have to endure in a lifetime. She has had two pregnancies. Both of which did not make it to term and both of which were heartbreaking. In October, she was life flighted to Mayo due to health complications to her and the baby during her second pregnancy which was called a cervical pregnancy. She could have died and was in the hospital for a month. Thank God she made it through all of that.
She found out about 2 years ago that she is a carrier of the BRCA1 gene, which means she has a mutated gene that makes her at a high risk for getting breast cancer. It runs in her family and she has had many family members that have died or have been affected due to the mutated gene. Her mom has been through some of what she is going through now. Yesterday she went in for a bilateral mastectomy. I visited her in the hospital today and quite honestly walked in expecting the worst. But there she was, a smile and a hello. Same ‘ol Sam.
We will be holding a benefit for Sam in Fargo, ND this coming May. The benefit is to help with some of the massive medical bills she has accrued throughout the past couple years. It’s just a tiny way that her friends can come together to show how much we care for and love her. Please take a few minutes to read her story and please consider donating online or coming to her benefit in May.
To read her story and donate online-