My Story

Children with cancer are like candles in the wind who accept the possibility that they are in danger of being extinguished by a gust of wind from nowhere and yet, they flicker and dance to remain alive, their brilliance challenges the darkness and dazzles those of us who watch their light




You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”


Eleanor Roosevelt



Our 9 year old daughter Sammie was diagnosed on November 24, 2006 with Osteosarcoma in her femur. After many tests and a lung biopsy the doctors have confirmed that it has also spread to her lungs.

Sammie's treatment finished in September of 2007-

Jan 30. 2008- biopsy shows not sign of cancer or infection!! Thank you GOD!

Feb 11th 08 - No Evidence of Disease in lungs!!!

March 5th 08- MRI shows the S1 of the tailbone is crumbling. Another biopsy is needed to rule out a relapse..

March 13th 08- confirmed relapse in the tailbone will start chemo March 23rd..

March 20th 08- 2 tumors in her left lung to beat as well....

May 08- Tumor removed from S1- not sure they got it all.

May 08- Chemo resumes

Sept 2, 08 - thorocotomy - 1/4 of left lobe resected also found two more tumors not seen on the scan. All tumors were still alive. Three rounds of chemo left.

Oct 31st 08- Last round of IFOS/ETOP completed.. Scans Nov 18th 08

Nov 18th 2008- All scans are clear

Jan 13th 2009- tumors in both lungs and tumor in sacrum the S1- will begin radiation

 March 09 - one round of chemo proved to be too much.. no more treatments



Christine Hartsfield posted a new journal entry.

Sammie will be gone 2 years this Sunday Oct 9th- I am still touched by people that come to her site and let us know she is in your thoughts as well as myself, Steve, ... Read more

Steve & Pegi Hayes signed Samantha's Guestbook.

Dear Hartsfield Family: We fondly remember Sammie on Her Birthday!  With Love, The Hayes Family, Davis, CA Read more

Beth Maynes signed Samantha's Guestbook.

As I go through my past emails, deleting, I keep special emails to have contact with those who have gone through this journey.  May Sammie's legacy continue to bless ... Read more

Lee Ann Eurs signed Samantha's Guestbook.

I have been thinking about your family and your precious Sammie today. I just want you to know that she will not be forgotten by me ever. My son Evan continues to live ... Read more

Karen Eckloff signed Samantha's Guestbook.

Thinking of Sammie today....  Just wanted to let you know that your beautiful daughter touched my heart.Hugs & Prayers,Karen Read more

Crista Starliper signed Samantha's Guestbook.

Thinking of you all and Sammie even more than usual this time of year. I hope you all are doing well.All my love Read more

Lee Ann Eurs signed Samantha's Guestbook.

Today September 1st the first day of childhood cancer awareness month I am wearing gold for Sammie. She will not be forgotten.With love,Lee Ann Read more

Woody and Sabrina Foster signed Samantha's Guestbook.

I am thinking of Sammie today.  This summer our family visited Disney and of course I couldn't help think of Sammie :) I hope your family is doing well. ... Read more

Lori signed Samantha's Guestbook.

I was thinking of your Angel Sammie today...she'll be in my heart forever!  Her courage, strength and bright smile are an inspiration to many!  I learned ... Read more

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