Annamarie Robb, mother of Sam Robb and founder of CURE Childhood Cancer’s Sam Robb Fund, reflects on her son’s diagnosis in the following letter.
Six years… how life and time moves forward.
Today our family stops to remember Sam. This day is seared into our memory. Surgery provided the only hope for Sam. While the preceding days were intense determining our course of action, Sam focused upon removing the cancer to provide hope. Prior to surgery, Sam concentrated upon savoring the life to be with friends and family. When June 25th arrived, Sam went into surgery valiantly.
The reality for Sam’s personal situation was very limited. As we reflect upon the diagnosis, we understand the challenges of Sam’s relapse. Hope is so important! As a parent confronting your child living a life of cancer, hope is so important to provide the strength and stamina to endure the treatments.
In the six years since Sam’s surgery, we have juxtaposed feelings with our memories of Sam alongside the reality of life’s events moving forward.
After six years, we have to thank our friends who have helped us to perpetuate Sam’s memory, while providing hope for families to support Sam’s Fund within CURE Childhood Cancer. These efforts have underwritten three Sam Robb Fellows at AFLAC Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Services at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine. Our current fellow is Dr. Jonathan Metts. In addition to the research fellow program, Sam’s Fund supports Open Arms, a program which CURE staff and volunteers provide and serve meals to hospitalized childhood cancer patients and their families.
We miss Sam every day. Thank you for helping our family to perpetuate Sam’s life while we help families confronting childhood cancer now. Sam will not be forgotten!
– The Robb Family