You know how when we were little we couldn’t wait to grow up? And everyone always said that it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, that being an adult or knowing more about the world sucked a lot of the time?
Today is one of those days. I was planning on this post/rant on the scam of college textbooks. But that would be far beyond trite and inconsequential today.
Sam Featherstone was a freshman in the Honors College at IUPUI with my brother and I. He lived in my apartment building. Early in the semester he introduced a large group of us to a game called “Cards Against Humanity” (that was so politically and socially incorrect but hysterical all the same).
A few weeks later we found out that doctors found new tumors. You see, Sam had brain cancer that never fully went away, and returned with a vengeance this fall.
He left school, came back for a visit, and then left again. And didn’t return.
Sam died peacefully in his sleep this morning when he was 19 years old. He was studying to become a pediatric oncologist, to fight the same horrid disease in others that he had fought for himself for so long.
I won’t claim that we were best buds or that we spent a lot of time together or did much more than say “hi” passing in the hallway. But Sam will always be an inspiration to me and to many others.
One of the most incredible things about Sam is that all through his fight, he worked to provide money for research for a cure. This past week before he died, he was able to attend “SAMSTRONG: Search For the Cure”
The event raised over $183,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
So rest in peace, Sam. Know that you have inspired so many people, not only those with cancer, but those without.
PLEASE check out the following website and see what you can do to help