Sam’s Story: From Brain Cancer to Marathon Runner
A ‘See It With Us’ Story
Sam began experiencing focal seizures when he was 16 years old, without knowing why. Things like deja vu and difficulties in recalling words became a daily disruption, leaving Sam with so much uncertainty.
At this time, Sam also began to run — where he found peace, solitude, and hope in the repetition of his strides.
Then, at 22 years old, Sam had a massive seizure and was diagnosed with brain cancer. After nearly six years of misdiagnoses and ill-suited treatments, he was thankful to finally have found clarity at Memorial Sloan Kettering.
Forging a New Path
Facing brain cancer surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering, Sam surrendered control. He then underwent chemotherapy and radiation. While his recovery was difficult, his desire to run again never faded.
Slowly but surely, Sam returned to the trails he had once run alone. This time, he was alongside his father, who also shared a passion for running.
Sam Wasn't Done Yet
Inspired by the connection he felt with the MSK nursing staff who had shown him so much compassion during treatment, Sam became an oncology nurse. Later, he learned about Fred’s Team, MSK’s marathon program and immediately joined. Funding cancer research at MSK through his love for running was the perfect way for him to give back.
Being able to be part of a Fred’s Team ensures that the message we all wish to spread can be heard by all - a world without cancer cannot only be imagined, but can become a reality.
MSK Patient and Fred’s Team Runner
Nearly five years after his diagnosis, Sam was given a clean bill of health. Sam is still committed to running with Fred’s Team — so he can continue to help advance research at MSK and improve the lives of people with cancer around the world.