For those of you who don't know me, my name is Samantha Kaefer and I am 13 years old. In December 2008, 11 months after I was born, my mom was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Of course, I don’t really remember much about that time because I wasn’t even a year old, but my mom tells me that I enjoyed slapping her bald head. I do know, however, that this time was rough for my mom and family. But, after 9 months of chemotherapy and radiation, she was finally declared cancer-free on October 23, 2009. My mom has been cancer-free for over 11 years and is leading a perfectly healthy life to this day. Since then, she has been involved in raising money to help fight and end blood cancer. I’ve been helping her do this my whole life; bake sales, learning how to ask for donations, etc. She took on the challenge of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Man and Woman of the Year Campaign where she raised over a quarter of a million dollars in just 10 weeks. She won the title of Woman of the Year for Los Angeles in 2018. During that Campaign, I raised over $5,000 towards my mom’s huge goal. Today, my mom works for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) and helps raise money to end cancer once and for all! Since 1949, LLS has invested nearly $1.3 billion in groundbreaking research! (You can click on the LLS logo in the top left of your screen to see their website and learn all about the amazing work that they are doing)
I am super attached to the LLS mission to end cancer. I do it for my mom and all cancer patients out there, along with my mom’s (and my) friend Audrey who passed away from brain cancer. I want to make it so that all patients diagnosed with this disease will fight and beat cancer. Cancer is hard on families and hurts so many people, it’s just not right for adults and even young children to go through that pain. I created this website to continue my fundraising efforts and have a place to collect donations year-round. This website will also work as a place to advertise any events that I put on to raise money. I hope that you will join me in our battle to end cancer. Together, we can make a difference!
Thank you in advance for your support,