Emerson (Sam to friends and family) is a bundle of energy. When she's not at school
or her dance class, you're likely to find her playing with Charlie, her English
springer spaniel. In many ways, she's a typical 9 year old.
in other ways, Samantha is not typical at all. At her young age she is already
a survivor. In August 1999 she was diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma, a virulent
form of cancer that strikes young children. Samantha fought her illness with the
help of physicians at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ), and today, she
is in remission. The fight is not yet over, but Samantha grows stronger every
day. "If anyone can get through this, it's Sam," says her mother Kris. "She's
not one to give up."