Sacramento teen Sammie Dacong, who helped other sick kids, dies from cancer

A Sacramento teen with terminal cancer who aspired to help other sick children fulfill their wishes has died. Samantha “Sammie” Dacong died Thursday evening surrounded by family in Sacramento. “Our hearts are heavy today. Our sister, Sammie Dacong, has gone home to God,” St. Francis High School, where Sammie was a student, wrote in a Facebook post. She embodied what it means to be a SF Troubadour. Her leadership and service shone through even as she bravely fought cancer. As an ambassador for Make-a-Wish, she has made it possible to fulfill the wishes of other sick children. to be fulfilled.” only 18 years old, but battled cancer for the second time. In her last months of life, she said: “I discovered that I now have terminal cancer and my last request is to fulfill one more child’s wish before I die.” As a child, Sammie beat a rare cancer and was a Make-A-Wish child. She then became an ambassador for the organization, raising funds and helping to fulfill other wishes for sick children. At the end of last year, she was again diagnosed with cancer. In May, Make-A-Wish made Sammie an official employee, which was her dream job. She used her last days to once again draw attention to the other children battling cancer. “I realize I’m not the only kid affected by this, I realize there are more people who need support,” Sammie had told KCRA 3. Before her death, she helped raise $128,000 for 13 other children. Her goal was $165,000 to become the Wish family’s number one fundraiser. If you would like to donate in honor of Sammie to help her reach her goal and make more wishes come true for sick children, you can visit her fundraising page here. –KCRA 3’s Daniel Macht contributed to this story.

A Sacramento teen with terminal cancer who aspired to help other sick children fulfill their wishes has died.

Samantha “Sammie” Dacong died Thursday evening surrounded by family in Sacramento.

“Our hearts are heavy today. Our sister, Sammie Dacong, has gone home to God,” St. Francis High School, where Sammie was a student, wrote in a Facebook post. She embodied what it means to be a SF Troubadour. Her leadership and service shone through even as she bravely fought cancer. As an ambassador for Make-a-Wish, she has made it possible to fulfill the wishes of other sick children. to be fulfilled.”

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Sammie was only 18 years old, but battled cancer for the second time.

In her last months of life, she said: “I discovered that I now have terminal cancer and my last request is to fulfill one more child’s wish before I die.”

As a child, Sammie beat a rare cancer and was a Make-A-Wish child. She then became an ambassador for the organization, raising funds and helping to fulfill other wishes for sick children.

At the end of last year, she was again diagnosed with cancer. In May, Make-A-Wish made Sammie an official employee, which was her dream job.

She used her last days to once again draw attention to the other children battling cancer.

“I realize I’m not the only kid affected by this, I realize there are more people who need support,” Sammie had told KCRA 3.

Before her death, she helped raise $128,000 for 13 other children. Her goal was $165,000 to become the Wish family’s number one fundraiser.

If you would like to donate in honor of Sammie to help her reach her goal and make more wishes come true for sick children, you can visit her fundraising page here.

–KCRA 3’s Daniel Macht contributed to this story.

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