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My SAM Story

My SAM Story - Pooja

Pooja

When I was going through treatment at Children's of Alabama in Birmingham, I learned about...

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My SAM Story - Alison

Alison

I started volunteering with Smile-A-Mile at camp in high school and will always be so...

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My SAM Story - Haley

Haley

Madison visited my therapeutic play class at Auburn University in the Spring. She talked about Smile-A-Mile,...

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My SAM Story - Kelly

Kelly

I first got involved with Smile-A-Mile when I was in college as a volunteer counselor...

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My SAM Story - Kim

Kim

Smile-A-Mile is love. It's family. It's smiles. It's a sense of "normal" in a life...

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My SAM Story - Kristin

Kristin

I found out about Smile-A-Mile through the Hospital Outreach Program, and the inpatient kids that...

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My SAM Story - Sam

Sam

I was diagnosed with Pre-b Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in March of 2017. I was in...

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My SAM Story - Mike

Mike

My experience with the Ride of Love started well before I participated the first time...

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My SAM Story - Savannah

Savannah

Last summer, I began my Smile-A-Mile story at teen camp as a first-time counselor. I...

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My SAM Story - Blake

Blake

Four years ago, I crossed paths with a Smile-A-Mile board member and decided I needed...

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My SAM Story - Kelli

Kelli

I have been a counselor at Smile-A-Mile's youth camp for the past two years. And...

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My SAM Story - Katie

Katie

I was introduced to Smile-A-Mile six years ago when a friend invited me to visit...

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My SAM Story - Daniel

Daniel

I walked into On Therapy Family camp feeling separated from everyone, and walked out feeling...

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My SAM Story - Noelle

Noelle

I was first introduced to Smile-A-Mile when I was in high school by my friend...

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My SAM Story - Richard

Richard

My Smile-A-Mile story is really my family's story. Getting involved with the early forms of...

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My SAM Story - Taylor

Taylor

When I was 15, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. People at the hospital...

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My SAM Story - Conner

Conner

In the winter of 2009 I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, and that following summer...

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My SAM Story - Lauren

Lauren

Four years ago I was looking to join an organization that worked with children since...

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My SAM Story - Claire

Claire

Smile-A-Mile has influenced my life in a way that I never thought possible. I came...

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My SAM Story - Anne

Anne

My Smile-A-Mile volunteer experience began 2002. It was back in the days when volunteers worked...

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My SAM Story - Ame

Ame

I am a senior at Auburn University studying Human Development and Family Studies. I am...

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My SAM Story - John Hanson & Sam Gibbs

John Hanson & Sam Gibbs

This project has been so much fun honestly. It has been an unexpected challenge but...

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My SAM Story - Ben

Ben

I have gone to SAM for the past 2 summers. It is always a highlight...

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My SAM Story - Will

Will

I like Smile-A-Mile because they come to the hospital and have fun things for the...

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My SAM Story - Sarah Anne

Sarah Anne

Smile-A-Mile has changed my life forever. I have been going to camp for 16 years...

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My SAM Story - Fred Elliott

Fred Elliott

Having been involved with Smile-A-Mile as a Board Member these past 4 years, I have...

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My SAM Story - The Wages Family

The Wages Family

We cannot express how much Smile-A-Mile has meant to our family!! Gabriella was diagnosed July...

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My SAM Story - The Nations Family

The Nations Family

Smile-A-Mile means so very much to our family! Looking back on our journey through cancer...

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My SAM Story - Tiler

Tiler

The mission of being a Smile-A-Mile counselor is to give kids the best time of...

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My SAM Story - Hannah

Hannah

This weekend, the junior and senior campers took on Boston together. The trip was amazing-...

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My SAM Story - Jake

Jake

Smile-A-Mile has meant so much to our family from almost Day One of Jake’s sister’s...

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My SAM Story - Ally

Ally

Smile-A-Mile is a place I LOVE!! It brings me together with people that I can...

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My SAM Story - TJ

TJ

Smile-A-Mile and their Hospital Outreach Program (HOP) have made a huge impact in our entire...

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My SAM Story - Katie

Katie

I have the privilege of being involved with Smile-A-Mile in many different facets. I work...

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My SAM Story - The Bales Family

The Bales Family

Words cannot express what Smile-A-Mile means to our family! After diagnosis in November of 2013,...

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My SAM Story - Lily

Lily

I was diagnosed with stage 4 Wilms' Tumor when I was 2 1/2 years old....

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My SAM Story - Amy

Amy

I have had the privilege to serve as a counselor for this wonderful organization since...

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My SAM Story - Emily

Emily

I've been going to Smile-A-Mile for 5 years. My favorite activities are boating, going to...

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My SAM Story - Stacie

Stacie

Stacie was one of Smile-A-Mile’s first campers and we love to see her arrive to...

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My SAM Story - Summer

Summer

  Smile-A-Mile has been such a huge part of my life for as long as...

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My SAM Story - Joni & Eleanor

Joni & Eleanor

Even though Eleanor’s just a baby, she (and I) love Smile-A-Mile in the Hospital! She...

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My SAM Story - Adam

Adam

For me, what started off as a volunteer opportunity turned into something much bigger then...

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My SAM Story - Hannah

Hannah

I am so glad I came to Smile-A-Mile's Sibling Camp! I know that there are...

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My SAM Story - Abby

Abby

Smile-A-Mile is special to me because I get to meet new friends and hang out...

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My SAM Story - Mark

Mark

When I first came to Camp SAM in 2010 as a camper at Jr/Sr weekend,...

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My SAM Story - Samantha

Samantha

Smile-A-Mile became by second family in the summer of 2008. When I first arrived as...

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My SAM Story - Haley

Haley

Smile-A-Mile feels like home to me even though I have only been once. It is...

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My SAM Story - Jenna

Jenna

My favorite thing about Smile-A-Mile is not found in an activity, it is simply the...

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My SAM Story - Michelle

Michelle

We didn’t know what we were missing until we went to camp. Madison was diagnosed...

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My SAM Story - Matt

Matt

My favorite part about Smile-A-Mile is being able to give back. I was diagnosed with...

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My SAM Story - Chris

Chris

As a thirteen-year-old survivor, I thought my brief struggle with cancer from March of 2009...

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My SAM Story - Patrick

Patrick

My sister, Abby, was diagnosed with cancer as an infant in 2007 when I was...

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My SAM Story - Corey

Corey

Smile-A-Mile has helped me a lot. In the hospital, staying almost 30 days, it can...

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My SAM Story - Angelica

Angelica

I love the camp atmosphere. There is nothing like it. I adored camp as a...

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My SAM Story - Hannah

Hannah

Smile-A-Mile has been such a huge part of my life for as long as I...

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My SAM Story - Watts Family

Watts Family

Smile-A-Mile has benefited us as a family in so many ways. Taylor (pictured left) was...

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My SAM Story - Zach

Zach

Smile-A-Mile is my favorite place in the world. This organization has made a huge impact...

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