Sam's Recovery Fund

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My name is Kelly Whitehorn, and I'm a mom of a son and a daughter, and I live in Little Rock, Arkansas. My precious son, Sam Whitehorn, 26, was brutally assaulted outside a Portland, Oregon, bar last weekend for doing nothing more than wearing a Green Bay Packers beanie. It was an unprovoked assault, and is under police investigation. He is a lifelong fan of the Packers. He suffered a fractured skull, concussion and a brain hemorrhage. He required emergency surgery. Today, he is in the neurotrauma ICU at a Portland hospital with a long road to recovery ahead of him. It's heartbreaking. He will be unable to return to college this semester or to work, indefinitely. The side of his brain that "finds words" is injured so he has trouble calling things by their correct name. He calls water "bathroom" for example. Part of his skull was removed so he will have to wear a helmet for weeks or months until his next surgery. He and his devoted girlfriend will face staggering medical bills and loss of wages. I will use my own resources to help, but this money will be to specifically help them keep their apartment and help with daily expenses until Sam can return to work. I hope it will keep them stable for 6 months. If there is an angel on earth, it's his devoted girlfriend Bridget. She hasn't left his side. My prayers are for Sam to return to his brilliant, funny self. He has an amazing ability to make people laugh, and he has a gift for the written word. He hopes to make his living one day with his writing skills. His girlfriend is a talented singer, musician and songwriter. If you are able to help lessen their financial worries for a period of time, they will be forever grateful. And I, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. I can't repay you personally but know that I will devote my energies and passion to victims of crime for the rest of my life.
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Every once in awhile, I want to thank you and share how Sam is doing. He’s doing great, and as always, we know we wouldn’t be here without you.

He’s finished college, is working, and I still living in Oregon. Bridget, same! Working and enjoying her best life.

Sam hopes to drive again soon, but will have to take ALL the tests again. His headaches and dizziness are there, but he wants the freedoms that come with driving.
No progress on his case. I don’t think there will ever be, so I try not to think about it. I’ve come to an uneasy acceptance. I’m trying to forgive (for my own sanity), but I won’t forget.
Thank you for everything, and for always thinking of my precious son.
Sam and Bridget, June 2018
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Is There Forgiveness Without a Show of Remorse?

It’s been two years, and it some ways, it seems like yesterday, but then also a lifetime ago. Many things have changed for me, and mostly because of what happened to Sam.

But this is not about me. It’s about Sam, and for those who love him or who have supported him or who follow him through my words, you are here to hear about him.

Sam finished last semester at Portland State University with a 4.0 GPA while working. He has 2 more classes and he will graduate. We are so proud.

He and Bridget are happy in their new home, just outside Portland in what I would call “the country.” Lots of acreage and horse farms around. It seems perfect. They have a new dog, Eliot Ruby or Elle (named after Sam’s favorite T.S. Eliot) who was welcomed to the fold by her older sibling, Weezy.

Bridget works 2 jobs. Sam works and goes to school. Bridget was called by the producers of the TV show Portlandia and will be an extra in an upcoming episode. Exciting!

It would seem their life is back to normal, but it is a new normal for them because Sam does not drive. The headaches and dizziness still prevent him from feeling comfortable on the road, and he would never put himself or anyone else in danger. So, Bridget or an Uber take him to his bus, then his bus takes him to the train. And on it goes. That’s how he gets to work and school. It’s not comfortable, but it is how it is. Sam still takes 2 medications every day, maybe forever. He used to work at a bar; he was the bartender who could talk to anyone about anything. He’s so well read. He loved the social aspect of it, although maybe not the late nights. Now, he doesn’t drink so bars are not his thing. If he goes, he goes for the camaraderie, not the alcohol.

The one question everyone always asks me is “Have they caught the guys who did this?” It’s a fair question. It isn’t about catching them, they know who they are. It’s about arresting and convicting them. That has not happened.

We wait and hope and hear nothing. You can guess how I feel or what I might think. I’m hesitant to say too much just in case ….

But I will tell you a little something about what I believe about the the MAIN perpetrator of this crime and the eyewitness accounts.

* Sam did not know his attacker.
* Sam did not raise his fists or his hands.
* When Sam raised his hand to his head, after the first punch, the bully punched him again.
* Sam was hit not once, but at least twice. Probably more.
* He was unconscious when he hit the ground. That is why he didn’t put out his hands to catch himself.
* His attacker and his friends fled the scene. They did not call 911; they did not wait around to see if he was OK. They did not contact the police when they saw it on the news.
* His attacker and his friends have never showed remorse or offered an apology.
* His attacker and his attacker’s friends all hired private attorneys. Three different private attorneys. Think about that.


Prepare yourselves Portland, there is a person roaming the streets of your city, who put my son in the hospital, who doesn’t have a police record, who is free to live his life, and who is free to torment others if he wishes. Which he will, I’m sure. If he has done this to my son, he’s done it before, and he will do it again. I’m sure he feels like he is untouchable.

His attorney, I’m guessing, asked him to remove all of his social media activities and any evidence of who he is online, which he did to some extent for awhile. As did his friends. But, as his confidence in “getting off” has accelerated, so has his activity on social media, and he’s back on Facebook. He’s been tagged in photos, his friends have quoted him, and there is information out there that shows he is just plain stupid. And, I am not.

I have been able to piece a picture together of this person. And, the picture that emerges is of an entitled brat who has traveled all over the world (and he’s only in his mid-20s) simply partying. He makes misogynous comments online. He is disrespectful. He spends his time partying, snowboarding, wake boarding, skateboarding, and watching football. He’s from the Portland area. He has a rowdy group of friends who use foul language online. They aren’t funny, they are crude.

While this person is able to skateboard and snowboard and participate in his favorite activities, Sam can no longer play basketball. Sam spent his entire life loving and playing the sport. When he was 4 years old, I bought a $10 yard-sale goal and stuck it in the living room so he could run off some of that pre-school energy. He would play for hours, dunking on that tiny goal. He played on that thing every single day. It's still one of his prized possessions. Until a few years ago, wherever and whenever he could, he would play in pickup games. He was a confident player, an excellent player. He loved basketball. It is painful for me, and for those who have watched Sam for years, to know he is not able to participate in those things in loves. It's not fair.

Yes, my bitterness is palpable. I get it. I am angry that this bully is not being held accountable. I have no respect for him, his boorish friends or his pathetic parents. They raised the worst.

While I raised the best. While I wait for justice or an apology or something, Sam already has forgiven his attackers. That says everything.

Thank you all for everything you have done for Sam, all the prayers and financial support. It means everything. Thank you for always thinking of my sweet son.
Sam and Bridget
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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I got to spend 2 days in Portland with my children. I didn’t have to cook as Bridget and her mother and my husband did it all. It was great! Sam is doing well ... working and still going to school. He talked a lot about his plans for the future. He eats healthy, no caffeine and lots of water. He looks great. No driving yet, but that is in the plans. I’m so grateful for my children every day. I’m so blessed that they are doing well. I wanted to share a photo that Bridget took as we (Andy, Molly, Dan, me and Sam) walked the streets of Portland. Just happiness for me. Much love to you all!
Walking in Portland.
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Happy October from Sam and Bridget via me! Thanks to each of you for your continued prayers and support. Sam is doing well, and I'm so thankful! I'll share a Thanksgiving post next month, but I just wanted to share a recent photo of Sam and Bridget with you. Much love to each of you.
Sam and Bridget!
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David Moore
32 months ago

These were not real Hawks fans. Hope everything turns out right. And when they catch them hope they get attempted murder and sent away for a long ass time. I was rooting for the packers myself that game.

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Rafael Martinez
32 months ago

Hi just wanted to say I am sorry for what happened to you!! As a football fan I was disgusted when I read the news about the attack! I hope you keep fighting man ! I been posting your link to almost every NFL Facebook page, and Packers fans pages as well. I don't have any money I am full time student, so I am sure you know how that goes goes. But I will keep spreading the word and share your story ! Keep fighting !

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Teresa Byerly
32 months ago

COME ON 12's! SAM THE PACKERS FAN AND HIS FAMILY NEED OUR PRAYERS AND SUPPORT! Sherry Burley Jesse Sims Peirce Mary Mathes-Austin Chris Deno Brian Pollard Mark William Thompson Jamie Soule Chris Urlacher Spencer Reynolds AND WHOEVER YOU CAN ROUND UP TO SEND HIM WELL WISHES....and Those Seahawk fans are sure in the hell NOT one of us 12.s! We have a hell of a lot more Dignity, Grace, Respect, Integrity than those three that did this to Sam... God Bless you young man and Go Packers!!! A True Blooded Hawk Fan sending you Prayers, Peace, Love and Well Wishes for a Healing and Speedy recovery... And I Promise you this Packer Sam.... My fellow 12's Got Your Back 100! God Bless You and your Family

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Angie Brunette
32 months ago
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Sam, I live in WI, just an hour away from Lambeau Field. On behalf of Packer Nation, I am sending you well wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery. We Packer fans are true and loyal to our team, and to each other, no matter where we're from. You have an entire Packer Nation on your side brother. Get well soon!!

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Shelley Evetts
32 months ago
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I am so very sorry. What a horrible thing to happen. I am a 12. The people that did this are not typical Hawk fans. I hope that they were caught and spend a long time in prison. That does not change what happened though. I cannot express how much this sickens me. I pray for a quick and complete recovery. I will keep you all in my prayers.

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Cindi Schneeberg
32 months ago
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Us Packer fans stick together!! I truly hope justice is served and many good things come to you & your family♡

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April Musolff
32 months ago
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This is incredibly sad and sickening what this world has come to. I pray he impresses us all and has an outstanding recovery!!!! Unfortunatly I cant help financially right now but kf course I will be sharing this!!!

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Brett Ryan Hunt
32 months ago
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I'm sorry I can't afford to donate anything at this time. As a Vikings fan, I just wanted to provide some words of support. Though our favorite teams are rivals on the field, there's no sense at all in violence between football fans. I hope your recovery is quick and you can get back to enjoying the game of football!

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Deborah Elizabeth Shircore Falco
32 months ago
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My heart aches for you and all who know and love your son! :( I am so sorry about this devastating, thoughtless action. I have asked my community to pray for miraculous recovery. God loves Sam!! Jesus came for the specific reason to let us know that--and that nothing is impossible with God--if you would believe and not waiver in your faith, you will see His "salvation", which is in every area of our lives. I am standing with you in faith for Sam's healing and provision for all his needs.

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Jen Hella Ratty Lum
32 months ago
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I am so very sorry for you son. I am a life long 12 and just know that these men are not what we stand for. I'm sure we stand with the Packer Nation in condemning the actions of these poor sports. I will be donating and sharing. Prayers and love your way.

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Cami Sue Powers
32 months ago
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I posted this story all over the Seahawks Facebook page. I know the team had nothing to do with this, but they should denounce what their fans did. They should also donate to Sam's recovery. We're Chiefs fans and there's NO excuse for Violence in being NFL fans. It's a GAME. Not a WAR. Our prayers are with Sam and his family and friends.

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Amber Marie Thiese
32 months ago
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I hope you get better soon! I am so sorry this happened to you. I hope you know that you have all of Packer Nation rooting for you! I hope you have a full recovery. I am so proud to be apart of such a caring and great fan base! It is amazing that we can all come together and support this cause. Just another great reason to be proud of being a Packer fan! Go Pack Go!

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Michelle Dedeo
32 months ago
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As a Packer Fan in PDX my thoughts and prayers are with you! #GoPackGo!

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Jim Patton
32 months ago
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hoping they find who did this , shame on them, healing begin, god bless. go pack go. fr. green bay wis. kp.

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Linda Marshall
32 months ago
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Oh My thank you Lord to see Sam's thumb up and having some water "AWESOME" lots of praises from our Lord being their for you Sam and I heard the Green Packer's Team awesome. See Sam you have lots of new friends even here in Culver, Oregon if you and your girlfriend and family come over to met someday I would like give you a big HUG and lunch at Beetle Bailey's Burger Place downtown Culver. To share of fun news at Whitford Jr. High School in Beaverton , Oregon I was one of a student there in the late 60's but many years someone went to the same Jr. High he name is Aaron Rodgers is a classmate awesome, then his parents divorce move to Calf. well he is a Quartback for Green Bay again awesome I hope and pray he comes to see you soon and Matthews as well. God Bless from your new Green Bay Packers Friend from Culver, Oregon Ms. Linda Marshall and Kydd the Golden Retriever and Mattie the cat. LOts of hugs & licks from Kydd. LOL.

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Stephanie Schulmerich-Hadley
32 months ago
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Praying for you Sam. I am utterly disgusted by the horrific actions of others in the name of sports. I'm not necessarily a sports fan per say, but you've made me a Packers fan right along side you! Blessings fur a quick full recovery!

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Joan-Henderson Gaither
32 months ago
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Good to see you giving a thumbs up Sam!! My daughter's and I are pulling for you!! At least come by Dukes Packer bar to say hi next Season!!!! Keep us all updated. We really truly are just one unrelated family !!

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Dawn Dean
32 months ago
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I am praying for you as a packers fan wear that hat proudly they will get them guys I know God will

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Colleen Scherer Schroeder
32 months ago
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I hope that they catch the men that did this. I will be praying for a full recovery. I hope he will be able to go to a packer game one day at lambeau field and see how great packer nation really is. From one life long packer fan to another get well soon. (You have all off season to recover ;) )

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Kathy Bisbee
32 months ago
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I am sooo sorry for what has happened to you. I really hope u will be ok. What a horrible thing to go through, and I know how much hospitols and healing sucks hard. I hope they find these punks. I am ashamed hard, of these so called Seahawks fans, they need to be stripped of their rights, and thrown in jail for a looooong time. Among other things I wont say. A true 12 dont these kind of things and we do not claim them. I am at least pleased that you have a loveing family to help u pull through this, bless them too. And by the way, if I wasnt such a hard-core Hawk fan, I would be a Packers fan, really. They are good team, they are smart and so far Arron seems to be a really good guy, and I like him. take care buddy, we REAL Hawk fans are praying for you. xo

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30 months ago

God Bless

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We are missing you!!

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Blake Sakamoto
30 months ago

Sam and Bridget, There are many who continue to think about the both of you. We hope this can help. Take care Blake

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Keeping you in our prayers.

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David Moore
32 months ago

These were not real Hawks fans. Hope everything turns out right. And when they catch them hope they get attempted murder and sent away for a long ass time. I was rooting for the packers myself that game.

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Rafael Martinez
32 months ago

Hi just wanted to say I am sorry for what happened to you!! As a football fan I was disgusted when I read the news about the attack! I hope you keep fighting man ! I been posting your link to almost every NFL Facebook page, and Packers fans pages as well. I don't have any money I am full time student, so I am sure you know how that goes goes. But I will keep spreading the word and share your story ! Keep fighting !

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Teresa Byerly
32 months ago

COME ON 12's! SAM THE PACKERS FAN AND HIS FAMILY NEED OUR PRAYERS AND SUPPORT! Sherry Burley Jesse Sims Peirce Mary Mathes-Austin Chris Deno Brian Pollard Mark William Thompson Jamie Soule Chris Urlacher Spencer Reynolds AND WHOEVER YOU CAN ROUND UP TO SEND HIM WELL WISHES....and Those Seahawk fans are sure in the hell NOT one of us 12.s! We have a hell of a lot more Dignity, Grace, Respect, Integrity than those three that did this to Sam... God Bless you young man and Go Packers!!! A True Blooded Hawk Fan sending you Prayers, Peace, Love and Well Wishes for a Healing and Speedy recovery... And I Promise you this Packer Sam.... My fellow 12's Got Your Back 100! God Bless You and your Family

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Angie Brunette
32 months ago
9
9

Sam, I live in WI, just an hour away from Lambeau Field. On behalf of Packer Nation, I am sending you well wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery. We Packer fans are true and loyal to our team, and to each other, no matter where we're from. You have an entire Packer Nation on your side brother. Get well soon!!

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Shelley Evetts
32 months ago
9
9

I am so very sorry. What a horrible thing to happen. I am a 12. The people that did this are not typical Hawk fans. I hope that they were caught and spend a long time in prison. That does not change what happened though. I cannot express how much this sickens me. I pray for a quick and complete recovery. I will keep you all in my prayers.

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Cindi Schneeberg
32 months ago
7
7

Us Packer fans stick together!! I truly hope justice is served and many good things come to you & your family♡

+ Read More
April Musolff
32 months ago
7
7

This is incredibly sad and sickening what this world has come to. I pray he impresses us all and has an outstanding recovery!!!! Unfortunatly I cant help financially right now but kf course I will be sharing this!!!

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Brett Ryan Hunt
32 months ago
6
6

I'm sorry I can't afford to donate anything at this time. As a Vikings fan, I just wanted to provide some words of support. Though our favorite teams are rivals on the field, there's no sense at all in violence between football fans. I hope your recovery is quick and you can get back to enjoying the game of football!

+ Read More
Deborah Elizabeth Shircore Falco
32 months ago
5
5

My heart aches for you and all who know and love your son! :( I am so sorry about this devastating, thoughtless action. I have asked my community to pray for miraculous recovery. God loves Sam!! Jesus came for the specific reason to let us know that--and that nothing is impossible with God--if you would believe and not waiver in your faith, you will see His "salvation", which is in every area of our lives. I am standing with you in faith for Sam's healing and provision for all his needs.

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Jen Hella Ratty Lum
32 months ago
4
4

I am so very sorry for you son. I am a life long 12 and just know that these men are not what we stand for. I'm sure we stand with the Packer Nation in condemning the actions of these poor sports. I will be donating and sharing. Prayers and love your way.

+ Read More
Cami Sue Powers
32 months ago
3
3

I posted this story all over the Seahawks Facebook page. I know the team had nothing to do with this, but they should denounce what their fans did. They should also donate to Sam's recovery. We're Chiefs fans and there's NO excuse for Violence in being NFL fans. It's a GAME. Not a WAR. Our prayers are with Sam and his family and friends.

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Amber Marie Thiese
32 months ago
3
3

I hope you get better soon! I am so sorry this happened to you. I hope you know that you have all of Packer Nation rooting for you! I hope you have a full recovery. I am so proud to be apart of such a caring and great fan base! It is amazing that we can all come together and support this cause. Just another great reason to be proud of being a Packer fan! Go Pack Go!

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Michelle Dedeo
32 months ago
3
3

As a Packer Fan in PDX my thoughts and prayers are with you! #GoPackGo!

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Jim Patton
32 months ago
3
3

hoping they find who did this , shame on them, healing begin, god bless. go pack go. fr. green bay wis. kp.

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Linda Marshall
32 months ago
2
2

Oh My thank you Lord to see Sam's thumb up and having some water "AWESOME" lots of praises from our Lord being their for you Sam and I heard the Green Packer's Team awesome. See Sam you have lots of new friends even here in Culver, Oregon if you and your girlfriend and family come over to met someday I would like give you a big HUG and lunch at Beetle Bailey's Burger Place downtown Culver. To share of fun news at Whitford Jr. High School in Beaverton , Oregon I was one of a student there in the late 60's but many years someone went to the same Jr. High he name is Aaron Rodgers is a classmate awesome, then his parents divorce move to Calf. well he is a Quartback for Green Bay again awesome I hope and pray he comes to see you soon and Matthews as well. God Bless from your new Green Bay Packers Friend from Culver, Oregon Ms. Linda Marshall and Kydd the Golden Retriever and Mattie the cat. LOts of hugs & licks from Kydd. LOL.

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Stephanie Schulmerich-Hadley
32 months ago
2
2

Praying for you Sam. I am utterly disgusted by the horrific actions of others in the name of sports. I'm not necessarily a sports fan per say, but you've made me a Packers fan right along side you! Blessings fur a quick full recovery!

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Joan-Henderson Gaither
32 months ago
2
2

Good to see you giving a thumbs up Sam!! My daughter's and I are pulling for you!! At least come by Dukes Packer bar to say hi next Season!!!! Keep us all updated. We really truly are just one unrelated family !!

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Dawn Dean
32 months ago
2
2

I am praying for you as a packers fan wear that hat proudly they will get them guys I know God will

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Colleen Scherer Schroeder
32 months ago
2
2

I hope that they catch the men that did this. I will be praying for a full recovery. I hope he will be able to go to a packer game one day at lambeau field and see how great packer nation really is. From one life long packer fan to another get well soon. (You have all off season to recover ;) )

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Kathy Bisbee
32 months ago
2
2

I am sooo sorry for what has happened to you. I really hope u will be ok. What a horrible thing to go through, and I know how much hospitols and healing sucks hard. I hope they find these punks. I am ashamed hard, of these so called Seahawks fans, they need to be stripped of their rights, and thrown in jail for a looooong time. Among other things I wont say. A true 12 dont these kind of things and we do not claim them. I am at least pleased that you have a loveing family to help u pull through this, bless them too. And by the way, if I wasnt such a hard-core Hawk fan, I would be a Packers fan, really. They are good team, they are smart and so far Arron seems to be a really good guy, and I like him. take care buddy, we REAL Hawk fans are praying for you. xo

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