Smile-A-Mile benefits people in many ways. When my little brother was first diagnosed with Leukemia, all of the nurses and workers at the hospital and SAM were so kind to our family and to others. They have done so much for the community and for other people going through similar situations. Smile-A-Mile helped me make friends with people who understand what we are going through, and in the process helped me be more sociable. When your sibling gets diagnosed with an illness, it not only changes their world, but also the siblings’ and parents’ worlds too. It gets really hard for the families to be strong sometimes, but through it all you know that you always have family. SAM and Children’s have become part of our family, and we love them and all the memories that we have made with them. My favorite SAM memory was last year at camp, I was with my counselor and a few other girls, and we went canoeing out to ‘Monkey Island’ while on the way back our canoe flipped. It was an absolute catastrophe but we managed to flip it back over, and we still make jokes about it to this day. I love the fact that no matter how new or old the families are to SAM or Children’s they really make an effort to memorize your name and story, and do their best to make you feel at home. I would like to say thank you to Madison, Kellie, and everyone from SAM and Children’s that helped make me who I am today.