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Samantha Mann


Team Name:  The Other Sam's Club
Years Participated: Second Year

Location:   Greenwich, CT:
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$100,000
Fundraising Goal
$55,273 Fundraising total
$55,273 Fundraising total
Fundraising Honor Roll
Corey Levine & the Ettenberg Foundation
$10,000
December Challenge Match
$8,050
The Rubin Foundation
$5,000
Cocktails for Survival Raffle
$3,074
Samantha and Dave Mann
$2,500
The Wittenberg's
$1,300
The Pinchins
$850
FRUNCHRAISER!
$850
Daryl and Ira Noble
$750
Rubenstein Casting
$750
Pinchin Family
$750
The Dornan's
$500
The Zelniker and Scherr Families
$500
Alison Stevens
$500
The Weiss Family
$500
The McManus Family
$500
Mom and Dad Levin
$500
Anonymous
$500
Gabrielle's Angel Foundation
$500
Corporate Match for Alison Stevens
$500
Linda & Scott Franz
$500
Will Liggett
$500
Love you Sam, Donna and Steve Feldman
$500
Keri and Stu
$500
Michael and Linda Levin
$500
Anthony Colasacco
$348
Helena Scott
$318
Bari and David Klein
$250
Evan and Renee Silverstein
$250
Andrea and Dennis Ratner
$250
Ellen Adler
$250
Alex, Brett & Chloe Levine
$250
Anonymous
$250
Christopher and Christine Wilkinson
$250
Oren and Giana
$250
Anonymous
$250
Lisa Greenman & Paul, Rebecca & Gabriel Leder
$250
Randi, Kevin, and Lexi
$200
Erica & Jaryd Weber
$200
Anonymous
$180
Donna and Steve Feldman
$180
Victoria Phillips
$180
Gail and Joe Jabes
$180
Katie and Prasad Krishnan
$150
Hutchiro's
$150
The Canning Family
$150
The Ivler's
$136
Karl Hofer
$125
Jaffe Family
$108
Eric Moran
$100
Sally & Howard Fishman
$100
Margie and Claudio Pedron
$100
Later family
$100
Sandi and Artie Lukin
$100
Beth and Rob Diskin
$100
The Hirsh Family
$100
Shelley & Jeff Schachter
$100
In honor of Howie Mann's 65th
$100
Jesse & Andrea Faneuil
$100
Diana & Roman Bronnberg
$100
Beverly and Michael Klein
$100
Denise and Keith Franz
$100
Steph and Jeff Stern
$100
Honoring Howie Mann's 65th!
$100
Lisa Rubenstein
$100
The Nable Fam
$100
The Bilmes Family
$100
Elana & Jared Kaplan
$100
Schantz Family
$100
Michaela Freitas
$100
Faina AcriGarofalo
$100
Gillian Jabes
$100
Teri and Jeff Axel
$100
Brendon Ratner
$100
Stacy bergman
$100
Trager Family
$100
Michael Kaplan
$100
Jon, Shira, Leia and Sam Barkoe
$100
Phil & Carole Gruber
$100
Anonymous
$100
Judy and Stuart Haman
$100
Debbie and David Shapiro
$100
Anonymous
$100
Spencer Markinson
$100
Anonymous
$100
Anonymous
$100
Anonymous
$100
Addy Kaplan
$100
Anonymous
$100
The Pappas Family
$100
Maeve and Joe
$100
Sarah and Dave Benedek
$100
Anonymous
$100
Deb Durig
$100
Florence and Howard Shapiro
$100
Michele and Marc Sakoff
$100
Myra and Stuart Herz
$100
Cindy Greenberg
$100
Anonymous
$100
Gabe B
$100
Ms. Samantha B Mann
$100
The cohen family
$100
Maura Moloney
$100
Nadine and Scott Goldstein
$100
Judy and Craig Singer
$100
David Buchalter
$100
Thomas S Corona Sr.
$100
GLEN N STRAUB
$100
Shawn P.
$100
Michael and Erika Shapiro
$75
Happy birthday Sam! XO The Nobles
$72
Carly, Adam, and Jack Klareich
$64
Amit
$60
The Miata Family
$60
Todd Zipper
$60
The Zimms!
$60
Anonymous
$60
Anonymous
$60
Tracy W. Hambley
$60
Anonymous
$60
Let's Frunchraise!
$60
Shari Ivler
$60
Michael and Sue Levy
$60
Sharon & Michael Merlis
$60
Jeff & Donna Lanning
$60
Joanne and Ric Gruder
$60
Ryan McArdle
$60
Sara and Lewis Katz
$60
Anonymous
$60
Lisa Schwerdt
$60
Roberto Aberasturia
$60
Barbara Peters
$60
Barbara Wezenter
$54
Jeff S.
$50
Gayle Rotto
$50
Evan & Shara Wagowski
$50
Lauren Suero
$50
Pete & Meg Startz
$50
Corporate Match for Lana Carmichael
$50
The Gregoire Family
$50
The Massa Family
$50
Stephanie Brosowsky
$50
Beverly Boyle
$50
Molly Boyle
$50
Ann and Doug William
$50
Carrie & Chris White
$50
The Hayes Family
$50
Braydon Boulanger
$50
The McGinn Family
$50
Lana Carmichael
$50
Honoring Howie's 65th!
$50
Joel & Amanda
$50
Stephanie William
$50
Francis
$50
Dori Busell
$50
Richard & Margret Mann
$50
Michele and Mitch Borger
$50
Patty Goldstick
$36
Sunny Turner
$36
Carol Boyer
$36
Jen Nocella
$25
Ron and Ilene Samuel
$25
Lauren & Dave Streit
$25
Jillian Hillman and family
$25
Anonymous
$25
Amanda Silberstein
$25
Lyndsey Garbi
$25
Audrey and Marc Lory
$25
JOANNE JUPITER
$25
Connie Ambrose
$25
Caitlin Rogan
$25
Randi & Michael Goldman
$25
Happy Birthday Addie!
$25
Jodi Kimmel
$25
Anonymous
$25
Mitch Altro
$20
Anonymous
$20
Frunchraiser
$20
Joe Cloidt
$20
Carol Simpson
$20
xo Lisa
$18
Carol Boyer
$18
Anonymous
$10

New Year, New Me!

Well, here we are.  Today marks 19 months, to the day, of my initial diagnosis. The day my life completely changed.

This all started at the beginning of 2018.  I had a small bump on the back of my knee that I thought was "just a cyst".  Fast forward multiple scans, biopsies and surgery (enter Dr. Max Vaynrub), I was diagnosed on March 8th with an extremely rare type of sarcoma--a CIC rearranged-DUX4 small round blue cell tumor.  A cancer so rare that only 500 known cases are diagnosed worldwide each year.  So little is known about it that there is no set treatment protocol, so I was treated as if it was a close "cousin." Even though the tumor had been removed, my cancer was systemic.  This means that there could be stray cancer cells dormant in my body, not showing up on PET scans.  So it needed to be treated aggressively.

Enter Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Enter my oncologist, Dr. Mrinal Gounder. Enter my incredible nurses, Jasmine, Sarah and Tracy.  Enter chemotherapy.  There is no good way to say it, chemo sucks.  But if you gotta do chemo, do it with this team.  They are some of the best humans I have met.  I spent a total of 10 months receiving chemotherapy.  By the numbers, this totaled 14 treatments; 26 days hooked up; 208 hours putting poison in my body.  But the way I see it, this was quality time I got to spend with my amazing family and friends who never let me feel alone. I was the one hooked up, but we all went through it.  We all made it to the other side.

People tell you chemo is hard. But they don't tell you how difficult it can be after your treatments. The fatigue. The weight gain. The mouth sores. The insomnia at night. The hospital vacations, which totaled 10 days. 10 days away from my family.  10 days away from reailty.

And now, it has been 10 months since my last chemo treatment. I have had 10 months to reflect on this journey. When you finish treatment, everyone celebrates for you.  "You're done!" and "It's over!" are commonly said. And yes, the physical portion of it is over.  But the process is ongoing. I have been back to MSK for various appointments and scans 15 times in the past 10 months. It isn't over.

And the emotions of dealing with the unkown are very present. The reality is, this could come back.  And if it does, the outcome might be very different. But, the biggest lesson I have come to learn is that you cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward it.  So my choice is to live. To stop and smell the roses.  And if this had to happen, it sure as hell better mean something.

So, for the second year, I'm riding in Cycle for Survival to raise money for rare cancer research. 50% of people that have cancer actually have a rare cancer, most of which you have probably heard of.  But these cancers are LARGELY underfunded.  We can change that. I don't take for granted how lucky I was, and am. I have spoken to loved ones of people who were not as lucky as I am, which is why I have dedicated myself to making sure there are more outcomes like mine.

Our team was able to raise $115,000 last year, which we were able to put toward a researcher looking into my specific type of cancer.  THIS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT OUR EFFORTS!  Let's keep this going and raise even more this year. Please donate. Please join our team and ride with us. We would love to have you. We can do so much more, together.

Sending all of the good vibes and thanks to you.

All is well and all my love,

Sam

 


 
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