Samantha was a positive, fun, artistic girl who loved all types of music, playing soccer and being with her family, friends and school mates. She was a Daddy’s girl and loved being a big sister to Daniel.
A month before her 10th birthday Samantha was diagnosed with Myelodysplasia syndrome (MDS) (pre-leukemia). Samantha bravely fought through full body radiation and a chemotherapy regimen to prepare for a bone marrow transplant which would cure the MDS. Samantha spent 8 weeks in isolation with her parents by her side at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. Samantha then relapsed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and began the fight again. She remained inpatient at Cook Children’s Hospital and fought through more chemotherapy.
Samantha was able to be at home with her family for the Christmas holiday but before she could start the next round of chemotherapy we found out that the leukemia had already taken over.
Samantha passed away on January 30th, 2012 with the promise from her parents that we would love her forever.
heARTs for ART was named by Samantha and she asked that any funds raised be given to leukemia so that “other kids don’t get sick”. heARTs for ART focuses on Samantha’s passion for art. The past events have reflected these interests and have included; live music, dance performances, art lessons, craft activities, games and a silent auction which included donations from local artists.
heARTs for ART may have started because of Samantha’s love and passion for others, but we want to work to honor other children and assist those families that are fighting pediatric leukemia in addition to helping fund research.