Some say that you die twice in life. Once when you take your last breath, and a second time when someone says your name for the last time. We are grateful that, in the 14 years since Sam took his last breath, we, along with so many others, are continuing to say his name and honor his memory.
As time has passed, we have been able to remember Sam and smile. As a family, we reflect on our favorite memories and share stories that make it seem like June 25, 2007 was just yesterday. But we are approaching another milestone, and with that milestone comes the hard truth that this fight is not over.
The average age of a child diagnosed with childhood cancer is six, and their battles with cancer can last for years. Doctors and nurses are pivotal in the success of each child’s diagnosis and battle with cancer. Sam was especially grateful for the care and support of his doctors, particularly Dr. George and Nurse Erika. They exemplified the immense value of having a medical team dedicated to supporting each child beyond the routine treatment. We are so grateful they were there for Sam, and their example motivates us to continue our work to support Childhood Cancer Research through the Fellow Program at Emory University School of Medicine.
Since founding the Sam Robb Fund in 2007, we have been able to fund six Sam Robb Fellows. We are grateful for your ongoing support, especially this year, as the world has been grappling with the coronavirus. Your generosity enables us to support our fellow and keep Sam’s memory alive.
We hope to gather in the upcoming year. Many blessings to you and your families,
Sam, Annamarie, Liz, Caroline, and Katherine
PS: It is a rare blessing to find a new picture after so long. But we found this picture of Sam recently and wanted to share it with you, our friends.