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Pediatric Foundation of the Lehigh Valley, Inc.
"I took my last chemo pill on November 7, 2009. We had a big party! I am a cancer survivor!"
- Samantha Zupko, age 11
To help PCFLV continue to support kids like Sammi and their family, please donate in Sammi's honor.
30 Days/30 Stories
September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. At PCFLV, we are committed to spreading the GOLD all year long. However, in September, we truly make it our mission. 30 Days, 30 Stories celebrates the children we know and love and the brave battles they fight and have fought, with their families by their sides. In celebrating these beautiful children and their stories, we hope to inspire you to join us in our mission to SPREAD THE GOLD in September and all year long!

September 12th
Hi, my name is Sammi, and this is a true story. One day when I was two, my brother Jimmy was dragging me on a big stuffed animal bear. When he was dragging me, I fell off and bumped my cheek on the tile floor. There was a huge bruise and my cheek. My Mom and my brother took me to the ER. They had to draw my blood. They told my Mom that I had cancer. My Mom started to cry and then called my Dad. My Dad drove to the hospital, and my Mom drove home to pack. I went by ambulance to CHOP, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. When I got there they drew my blood again to see what kind of cancer I had. I had leukemia (ALL). I was in CHOP for 30 days.

We found a closer hospital called Lehigh Valley Hospital and I started going there. I had to get a lot of blood draws, and they would stick a needle into my port in my chest. It didn't hurt. I was scared at first but then I was brave and it didn't scare me anymore. I had to get a lot of needles in my back. My Mom tells me they are called spinal taps. I had to hold very still for them. My Mom would let me listen to her iPod, and I always listened to Frosty the Snowman…even if it was the middle of summer.

My treatment was 3 years long and I made a lot of great friends along the way. PCFLV bought tickets for me to see Disney On Ice. I really liked that because I go to school for figure skating. PCFLV also had parties and other fun things to do while I was on treatment and even now. It was nice to see and be around other kids like me who had cancer. I was not the only one. I took my last chemo pill on November 7, 2009. We had a big party! I am a cancer survivor!

- written by Samantha Zupko, age 11 – High Risk Pre-B Leukemia Survivor

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