In 3 - 5 minutes, you can help make a wish come true today

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Real Estate Agent with Sereno Group Real Estate

Sam CallahanSam Callahan, the son of a Realtor (and my friend & Active Rain member) in Silicon Valley, is 14 years old and has cancer which is not responding to two different types of chemotherapy.  His cancer, Ewing's Sarcoma, had metasticized before it was discovered on September 22nd. 

Sam writes about his battle with Ewing's Sarcoma on the Sam's Team website: http://www.samsteam.org/About_Sam.html He is an amazing 8th grader with a good attitude who wants to beat this thing.  If you read his "about Sam" page, you'll find he's a great writer, too.

Normally, we can feel very helpless to "do anything" besides offer our compassion, thoughts and prayers. 

But this time, there IS something you can do, and it only takes a couple of minutes.  It may not change how he feels after radiation or chemo, but it will lift his spirits and those of his family and friends to see an outpouring of support.  And it will help Sam and his family to make a little goal they've set up for themselves.

In addition to the website, Sam's family & friends have a "fan page" on Facebook.  It's called I'm On Sam's Team.    Their modest goal is to have 5000 fans by St. Patrick's Day.  I'd like to help them get there.  As of this moment, they have 2608 fans.  They want people to know about Ewing's Sarcoma and they want people to know about Sam and his battle with this cancer.

What To Do:  So, my Active Rain friends, I know a lot of you are on Facebook.  If not, this might be the right time to join! 

  1. Please take a moment and log into Facebook.
  2. Go to the Search bar and key in I'm On Sam's Team or use this link once you're logged in:
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=261410896243&ref=ts
  3. At the very top, in the middle, there's a button which says Join Group - click on it

That's it.  How easy it is to send some support and encouragement!  Of course, read through the website and the FB page too!  But it only takes a minute to "fan" a page. 

Just to reiterate, Sam is someone I know, it's not one of those fake internet hoaxes and he's part of the real estate family (his dad's a Realtor).  Join us on Sam's Team!  Please re-blog!

Update June 12, 2010:
Nice article in local paper about Sam:
Community rallies to support 14-year-old Sam Callahan in his battle with cancer

Update June 21, 2010:
The Facebook group, "I'm on Sam's Team", is now up to 4689 members. Almost to our goal of 5000 members!

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Mary Pope-Handy
CRS, CIPS, ABR, SRES, Silicon Valley
Sereno Group Real Estate

Christine - thank you!  Prayers are definitely appreciated!

Update for everyone who's been helping, praying, sending good wishes etc.  - Sam's PET Scan after the radiation treatment came back with some positive news that the tumors have shrunk somewhat (it varies). So that is really good news!  He's going to have 2 more rounds of radiation, according to the FB page.

The I'm On Sam's Team group is now up to 3868 members. We didn't hit 5000 by St. Patrick's Day but we grew the number of members by about 1250 in the last 2 weeks!!  Thank you all for tweeting, blogging, digging, stumbling and so on - especially for joining the Facebook group and for your prayers and encouragement.  Also thanks to so many of you who went an extra step and wrote some encouraging words on the FB group page. Those have been neat to see.

Sam's a great guy and it's nice to know that sooo many of you care. Please continue to spread the word!  Thank you all again!!!

March 23, 2010 03:12 PM
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Mary Pope-Handy
CRS, CIPS, ABR, SRES, Silicon Valley
Sereno Group Real Estate

Update on Sam & on I'm On Sam's Team:

Sam was recently named as an American Cancer Society "Ambassador for Courageous Kids".  If you see next year's ACS calendar, he'll be on it!  He's also been interviewed for TV & the newspaper.

Sam's still getting aggressive treatment with some weeks on and some off.  Please continue to pray for him (and his family too).

In terms of the FB page, "I'm On Sam's Team", as of today it has 4371 members. We are still trying to get to 5000!  Can you help us to spread the word?  The quick link, if you're logged into Facebook, is www.bit.ly/SamsTeam the longer link is not so memorable, but you can also use it:
http://www.facebook.com/?sk=2361831622#!/group.php?gid=261410896243&ref=ts

Thanks so much for your support - please help us to get the number to 5000! 

April 19, 2010 10:12 AM
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Sonia Lee

I am glad you share this with us. Just joined. 

Thanks!

May 06, 2010 02:55 AM
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Mary Pope-Handy
CRS, CIPS, ABR, SRES, Silicon Valley
Sereno Group Real Estate

Thanks Sonia!

Update June 12, 2010:
Nice article in local paper about Sam:
Community rallies to support 14-year-old Sam Callahan in his battle with cancer

June 12, 2010 11:35 AM
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Matt Robinson
Pensacola Real Estate (850) 292-4000
ERA Emerald Coast Realty

Very moving story.  It's quite a bit after your last comment, how is Sam doing?  I will keep him in my prayers. 

July 25, 2010 12:32 PM
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