My SAM Story

Fred Elliott

Fred Elliott

Having been involved with Smile-A-Mile as a Board Member these past 4 years, I have reflected on what is my favorite aspect of the organization. For anyone that has been involved, you know that is no easy task – This amazing staff and wonderful volunteers impact these families in so many ways. However, what I have been struck by that is different from any organization I have worked with is that this is not really an organization – It is a family member for life. Whether the contact was from a camp session or a Hospital Outreach Program, and whether it was one visit or contacts over many years, SAM is always there no matter what happens. From Tuesday visits at the Hospital, annual weeks at camp, special trips and events for those campers that have become young adults, and even to special times spent with families whose campers are no longer with us, once you have become part of the SAM family, you always will be a part of the SAM family.