I attended “Team Super Everybody’s” fundraising event. Team Super Everybody is a name that Samantha Donovan picked when she was re-diagnosed with cancer. I met Samantha after I arranged a visit to Vancouver’s Ronald McDonald House. Samantha was such an inspiration and was so strong, and we had a few things in common like, our favourite colour is yellow, we both live in the Okanagan and we both know a Samantha! So I when I found out her family was from the Okanagan I knew I wanted to do something to help her.
Sam’s story is that she was originally diagnosed on July 6th 2014 with Burkitts Leukemia, Samantha with her parents beside her, battled for eight long, intense months at BCChildren’s Hospital, and thought they had it beat. Life began to return to “normal” and Samantha (now 5) was due for her 3 month follow up. Sadly instead of celebrating they were told that her follow up blood work showed blast cells, after just 3 months of being in remission; Sam relapsed May 13th 2015, (seeing this date shocked me because I meet her at the end of May 2015). One of the hardest things to be told is that your child has cancer, one of the worst things to be told is that the cancer is back and the fight must start over.
Please read the rest of Sam’s story here. The fundraiser that her family and friends held was really great and lots of people came out to support Samantha. The fundraiser was like a mini carnival with photo booth’s, face painting, balloon animals, and much, much more. My favorite game to watch the kids play was scoop and spell, where they had to scoop up letters out of a pool and spell words out with them the number of letters you scooped was the number of prize tickets you got. The day was so much fun my job was to help entertain the kids. We broke out dancing more then once! We did dances such as the Macarena the Chicken dance and the YMCA. Many of the little kids wanted photos with me and you can see those entire photos on my Facebook page. During the event some of Samantha’s family who were at RMHBC when I met her, came up and asked me if it was me who Samantha had painted my arm red, I said I was, and they were so happy to see me come out and support Samantha. The fundraiser was a huge success and they raised a total of $3670.55! With all of the funds going to Samantha’s fight against cancer!! Stay strong Samantha! You are in my thoughts and heart I. I believe the best gift you can give a child is yourself, so I hope to see you soon Sam! <3 Samantha Donovan’s Go Fundme 👑