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Sammy's Superheroes - Fighting for Childhood Cancer
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In July 2012 then 4 year old Sammy was diagnosed with Stage lV High Risk Neuroblastoma.
In August of 2012, some of our closest friends developed Sammy’s Superheroes. They made t-shirts and asked local schools to support Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, by having “blue out” football games, where players, coaches, students and fans bought and wore blue Sammy’s Superheroes t-shirts, with all funds to be donated to childhood cancer research.

In the process of researching agencies to donate to, we were shocked and horrified by the information we learned. For example, while childhood cancer is the number one cause of death by disease in children, pediatric AIDS receives four times the amount of funding! There were several statistics that shocked us and solidified our resolve to make a difference, not only for Sammy, but for ALL the children fighting this horrible disease. Here are a few to consider:
•Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in the US and it kills more children per year than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, asthma and AIDS combined.
•There are 15 children diagnosed with cancer for every one child diagnosed with pediatric AIDS. Yet, the U.S. invests approximately $595,000 for research per victim of pediatric AIDS and only $20,000 for each victim of childhood cancer.
•In the past 20 years, only one new cancer drug has been approved for pediatric use. Children continue to receive toxic drugs intended for adults.
•3 out of every 5 children diagnosed with cancer suffer long term and often life-threatening side effects, such as heart damage, chemo induced secondary cancer, lung damage, infertility, hearing loss, growth defects and many more.
•Cancer symptoms in children include fever, swollen glands, anemia, bruises and infection They are often misdiagnosed and treated as other childhood illnesses.
•The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) federal budget was $4.6 billion. Of that, breast cancer received 12%, prostate cancer received 7%, and all 12 major groups of pediatric cancers combined received less than 3%.
•80% of children have metastasized cancer at the time of their diagnosis. At diagnosis, only 20% of adults with cancer show evidence that the disease has spread or metastasized.
•14,000 children will be diagnosed this year with cancer. That is the size of 2 average classrooms every single day, year after year.
•Pharmaceutical companies fund over 50% of adult cancer research, but virtually nothing for kids.
•September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, which nationally goes largely unrecognized.
At 7 years old, Sammy is still fighting, he doesn't remember a time when he didn't have cancer. Currently in Chicago for scans and biopsies, he continues to live with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes. Please take a moment to learn more about our organization and the steps we are taking to find a cure for Sammy, and every child, family, and friend fighting this horrible disease.
www.sammyssuperheroes.org
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anonymous
please Ellen, have Sammy on your show to promote childhood cancer research. Sammy is a remarkable little boy who is OUR superhero!
+12 votes
Oct 25, 2015
Charlotte Staroscik 350 points
please hear and see this wonderful boy
+10 votes
Oct 26, 2015
patrickandjenna 350 points
Ellen, please consider having Sammy on your show to promote childhood cancer research.  He and his family are AMAZING!!
+9 votes
Oct 26, 2015
amberedivis13 310 points
Ellen, Please consider having Sammy, his parents and his cause on your show. This amazing little fighter has a perspective beyond his years. He sees his diagnosis as a way to spread awareness about childhood cancer for others and to meet, be a friend and share his smile with others in unlikely places. He has spent a large portion of the past few years in hospitals and hotel rooms instead of at school and on the play ground. However he continues to spread his smile and warmth despite these circumstances. He needs positive thoughts now more than ever! And being on your show would help spread awarness for Sammy and other children with cancer.
+8 votes
Oct 26, 2015
Britton
Please give the world a chance to hear and see Sammy and his story. We need to raise awareness and work towards more research and hopefully a cure
+7 votes
Oct 26, 2015
Erika Grimaldo 270 points
Ellen to meet Sammy is to know hope strength and courage all wrapped in innocence. This superhero is fighting a silent fight with a smile let him grace you with his smile on the Ellen show. Help promote childhood cancer awareness, please!
+6 votes
Oct 26, 2015
smbencomo 310 points
Come on Ellen, pick Sammy. He's an amazing kid with even more amazing parents. They not only want to support cancer research for their own child but for all children battling cancer.
+6 votes
Oct 26, 2015
anonymous
PLEASE Ellen - have Sammy who is truly a superhero to promote childhood cancer awareness. Sammy's Superheroes is a wonderful organization very worthy of the honor of being represented on your show!!!
+5 votes
Oct 26, 2015
Amygreenewilliams 360 points
Ellen, please consider having Sammy and his family on your show. We started Sammy's Superheroes foundation 3 years ago in hopes to raise awareness for childhood cancer. It's been a tough 3 years for this family, in and out of the hospital just trying to save their little boy. But the most amazing thing is their fight to raise awareness not only for Sammy but for ALL kids with cancer. You are an amazing voice for so many things, please help us in our fight to end this ugly disease. ❤️
+5 votes
Oct 26, 2015
Ashley Wemhoff
Choose this little warrior!!
+4 votes
Oct 26, 2015
anonymous
Ellen, Please choose this very brave little boy and his amazing family.
+3 votes
Oct 26, 2015
anonymous
Please have Sammy and his parents on your show, Ellen.  He is such an amazing ambassador for childhood cancer.  He's fighting a battle and we all support him.  Please help him get his message out.
+2 votes
Oct 26, 2015
Reneenorris 180 points
This little boy and his amazing family bring a new meaning to hope and love. Please have them on your show to let the world hear their story and share it with others fighting this fight. Sammy and all involved with this organization are truly superheroes!!!
+2 votes
Oct 27, 2015
anonymous
Please please please, Ellen, choose Sammy!!!  You will love him!!!!  Sammy's family has done so much to get the word out on childhood cancer.  They continue to support other families dealing with this heartbreaking disease.  Sammy is a SuperHero in his own brave way.  He will melt your heart!
+2 votes
Oct 28, 2015
anonymous
Please have the bravest superhero you will ever meet on your show. He and his family have done so much to help raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research.
+1 vote
Oct 27, 2015
anonymous
Please have Sammy!!!!!!!
+1 vote
Oct 27, 2015
anonymous
Pick Sammy!! He has been through so much and they do so much raising awareness for all pediatric cancer!! Look at those eyes! Vote for Sammy!!
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Nov 3, 2015
anonymous
Sammy's Superheros was started to help one boy, but has now has the desire to help change the way children w/ ANY type of cancer is treated and wants to help find a cure for this disease. The don't focus on just brain cancer or one single cancer and have raised a lot of money despite the small size of the organization itself.
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Nov 4, 2015
Mloc1075 140 points
What Sammy and his family are doing to raise money and awareness for paediatric cancer is heroic. Everyday Sammy battles against the cancer and yet still cares about others and their cure, not just his own. Amazing kid, amazing family, amazing community, please have him on the show!
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Nov 4, 2015
anonymous
Please Ellen, choose Sammy!!
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Nov 7, 2015