The longer the time has been, the more we feel Sam is missing. The life events, graduations, weddings, babies, etc. are vivid reminders: You’re Missing.
Life events remind us Sam is not with us. This year the St. Joseph’s Women’s Rowing Team had the opportunity to compete at the Women’s Henley Regatta. As a family, we traveled to London and then Henley on Thames to support Katherine and the team. Sam would have been the first person to support Katherine at this life event. He knew the significance of being a part of a team and the opportunities of competing.
Ten years have challenged us to remember, reflect, and ascertain whether our efforts for CURE have had an impact or made a difference. As a family, we work with friends, old and new, to coordinate sporting and social events to share Sam’s story and the realities of childhood cancer. In 2007, our first year, we were thrilled to raise $45,000. Today, with your help, Sam’s Fund contributes over $100,000 annually, and a total of $725,000 since we started.
Has Sam’s Fund made an impact? We look to our Doctors – the initial Sam Robb Fellows. We have had four fellows who now are practicing and teaching in four states. These young doctors join our family to help us share the importance of research for childhood cancer. We know of their professional development as a Research Fellow, but also share life celebrations such as weddings and children. Their lives are testimonials to the impact a doctor has on caring for our children.
We are grateful to be able to look back over the past ten years to see Sam’s life making an impact through the gifted doctors who were Sam Robb Fellow.
Sam, you are missing! We realize it every day.
-Sam, Annamarie, Liz, Caroline & Katherine