High School Senior With Terminal Cancer Helps Raise Money For Others Battling Illnesses – CBS Sacramento
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A Sacramento high school student diagnosed with terminal cancer uses her uncertain future to spread happiness.
A party fit for a hero sent a police parade through a country park with flashing lights in honor of Samantha Dacong, better known as “Sammie”.
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“I didn’t know how much love and support I was getting,” said Dacong.
Dozens of friends and family came to support the 18-year-old who was first diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2012. The following year, Make-A-Wish sent her to Disney World. Since then, Sammie has paid in advance to grant the wishes of others.
“I have barely turned 18 and have been through a lot of difficult situations that children shouldn’t have to deal with. But I told myself there are others who need it too. I want to spread that story, don’t worry, you’re not alone, ”she said.
Sammie hit cancer once, but was diagnosed with a second type of cancer, this time rhabdomyosarcoma. Last weekend, doctors told her it had gone terminal and spread to her brain.
“One last thing before I go and I was hoping I could collect another child’s wish,” she said. “I always feel like they have the joy they needed. I agree with that, ”said Sammie.
According to Debbie Hurst of the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Northern California and Northern Nevada, Sammie raised more than $ 22,000,000 in just one day, enough to fulfill multiple wishes.
“It inspires us all to do even more with all of our families of Make-A-Wish children and we see the impact,” explains Hurst.
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Through tears of grief and joy, community members, friends and family say that Sammie is more influential than just the people she helps fulfill wishes.
“She is so inspiring to me, I know I am 58 years old, but I hope I can meet my later life with grace,” said friend Susan Tucker.
High school girlfriend Mia Mascarinas said she is amazed at Sammie’s strength.
“It’s just really amazing how she’s been struggling and she’s still so selfless and thinks about others,” she explained.
While still praying for a miracle, Steven, Sammie’s father, said he was amazed at the many lives that his daughter has already affected.
‘She’s terminal and she’s worried about everyone. We are just so proud of her and you cannot learn that. She has been our angel since day one, ”he explained.
She is an angel here on Earth, who, despite her own diagnoses, wants to give as much time to others as she has.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I just think you know, keep going,” Sammie explained.
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Make-A-Wish estimates that the donations that Sammie has raised will help at least two children fight critical illness. Sammie still hasn’t hit her $ 30,000 goal. If you want to help achieve her goal, you can donate directly to Make-A-Wish.