That’s a wrap! Over a year of virtual events

Last weekend we had over 230 people join us for Sam’s Fans Virtual 5k: The Sequel. We are incredibly thankful to everyone who participated: runners, donors, fundraisers, sponsors, volunteers, and the Sam’s Fans team! 
 
It is easier now, as the situation starts to normalize, to look back at a tough year that we’ve had.

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Why Nursing? – Sam’s Best Friend Kyra Baker

Why Nursing?

Sam was my best friend. I was really lucky to be able to call her that because she was the best friend anyone could ask for. She was kind, funny, selfless, smart, and beautiful. She inspired me on a daily basis, even before she got sick.
Sam and I loved music. Somehow it was always playing in the background,…

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Telehealth music therapy bringing joy to kids in Ohio

Thank you to Jessica Bogacik for sending us this report of the wonderful work she’s doing. Telehealth music therapy has helped her continue bringing joy to kids! Sam’s Fans, with your support, Jessica was able to do 62 visits and serve 19 families from April to June.
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Telehealth Music Therapy is a good option!…

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How this Partnership Started Will Make Your Day

Thank you so much to Jill Boone, both for supporting Sam’s Fans through her project “Read for a Cause,” and for writing this blog post. 
 
About Read for a Cause
Reading books with my two boys has always been one of my favorite things to do.  As a parent, I appreciated books that taught a lesson but were still fun to read….

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A word or more on quarantine

These are uncertain and scary times. Perhaps I have a good distraction, but I am doing relatively well although some days are harder than others.  I think I would venture to say that having been in a situation like this I kind of get it… except for the part where we have a pandemic.
We have been here. …

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These are the chapters of Sam’s Book!

Happy Birthday Sam!  Happy 22nd birthday!
 
Earlier last week I was with talking with a friend and I referred to the birthday saying we would be celebrating.  Celebrating.  She noticed that perhaps a year ago I would not have said it that way.  I might have been more like apprehensively awaiting it to pass, a few more years ago and it was likely called “dreading” the birthday. …

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Whatever you are going to do, we will do it together.

Today’s blog post was written by Mandy McGlone, Nikki’s best friend and Sam’s Fans’ Associate Director.
 
Nikki and I are best friends from High School. To say that we have been through a lot together is an understatement. We’ve supported each other through new jobs and new houses. We’ve supported each other through bad boyfriends and bad 80’s hair.  …

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Art Brings Color and Light To My Life

Thank you to Jennifer Rundberg for writing this blog post about art therapy! She’s the art therapist working at our partners The Center for Courageous Kids.
Art has always been a constant for me, and has been there to bring my life both color and light, as well as a feeling of empowerment and creativity. I have also seen how creating art brings others comfort,…

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Perspectives from a Music Therapy Student

[Post written by Sam’s Fans Music Therapy Scholarship Recipient Ellie Palmer]
Music Therapy at Ohio University
Established in 1951, Ohio University’s Music Therapy Department is one of the oldest music therapy degree programs in the country and one of the few programs in Ohio. It offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs that are approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)….

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My Music Therapy Internship in Colombia

Hello Sam’s Fans! This is Samuel Gracida, Sam’s Fans Operating Director. I wanted to share with you that I am currently in Bogota, Colombia doing a music therapy internship. This is part of the Master’s Program I’m doing on music therapy. For those of you who don’t know, I live in Heidelberg, Germany working my way through a two-year program….

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