Samantha died on September 9, 2010 at the age of 4. That was four years ago today. Tammy her mother wrote the following after Samantha’s death, “I think a lot of people are afraid to call or come by. They don't know what to say. Hello is always a great start. I still love to talk about Samantha. We always say something about her everyday. She was hilarious. I know the biggest thing I will miss about her is how much she loved me and others. I miss her saying, ‘You’re a good mommy,’ and how freely she gave me kisses and hugs.”
Carol Shaw Johnson is writing each day on Facebook for Childhood Cancer Month. She knew the children about whom she writes—her granddaughter Lily had cancer. Samantha had Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor (PNET), a malignant neural crest tumor. Even the children who survive rarely live beyond 25.