My Name: Samara
My Age: Seven years old
My Family: My Dad (Larry) My Mom (Dara) and my brother Justin, he’s nine.
My Hobbies and Interests: Dancing, princesses, writing stories, reading, math, and beading.
One of my most challenging moments: I had surgery in December and was in the hospital for 25 days out of the month. I did get a ton of presents though, and Chai Lifeline counselors came to my hospital room to make carnivals and princess parties.
My favorite Chai Lifeline moment: Sesame Place! Chai Lifeline invited my family to a day out at Sesame Place. We met my Camp Simcha counselor, Carly, who spent the entire day with me and my brother, Justin. I can’t wait for Camp Simcha to start!
What I've been up to lately: I finally finished chemo one month ago! Now that I'm feeling better, I can learn to walk on my new leg so when I get really good at it, I can get a puppy and walk her all on my own
MY DIAGNOSIS Rhabdomyosarcoma
Diagnosed: March 2012
Surgery: October 2012
Hospital: Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia
A PARENTS PERSPECTIVE:
"We never felt more embraced in our lives, than during this time of loneliness and fear. Chai Lifeline became our new extended family, and throughout the lengthy hospital stays we knew that we were never alone."