Sam’s Journey And Why It’s Important

On August 14, this world almost saw one of its brightest stars fade away forever. Anyone who knows Sam will tell you that she is one of those people you notice the minute she enters a room. Her energy is contagious, and her presence is genuine. Years ago her life was torn apart by abuse, addiction, mental health struggles, violence, and loss of self. She felt hopeless and ultimately consumed by her depression. Anyone who knows Sam will also tell you that she is a fighter. Equipped with a strong support system, and through her own courage, vulnerability, sheer grit, and strength, she rebuilt her world, found her worth, and attained long-term recovery. In turn, the same strength, love, and compassion she used to heal herself, she used to help heal others. She used her experiences as a means to give back to those in need, and help empower those who were enduring struggles similar to her own. Sam is a Phoenix Sober Coach, a speaker in the community, and an advocate for the abused and the powerless. She is a mother, a daughter, a partner, and a friend to many. Although Sam had put the energy and the work into healing herself and mending her past, depression is a chronic disease. Chronic illnesses are never completely cured, and at the end of the day, Sam is still human, and she is still vulnerable. This year has been a tough one for her. Circumstances outside of her control created a downward spiral, and she began to fall deeper into depression again. The familiar pain, despair, and hopelessness she had experienced before and fought so hard to beat began to seep back in. This was not unfamiliar territory for Sam, and she felt like she had the knowledge and resources to cope with what she was experiencing. She invested her energy into healthy connections, communications, and networks of support. The discouraging part was what felt like had been the solution before, was not helping her now. Sam was fighting, but she still felt like she was losing. On August 14th, the pain became too great, and Sam attempted to take her own life… Fortunately, Sam is still with us. In her own words, she miraculously managed to avoid significant long term consequences. Things could have obviously been much worse, but she is still here, and she recognizes she has a significant uphill battle that she is ready to fight. Thankfully she is still here to love, to shine, and to ultimately change the world. In order for Sam’s fight to be successful, she needs another layer of support, tools, and strength that only treatment may provide. Providing financial support will allow Sam to get the help she needs to prepare herself to grow in ways that will help her in the future. To that end, we respectfully and humbly ask for you to please support Sam with a financial contribution. No amount is too small.


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    • $50 
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    • $40 
    • 16 d
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    • $40 
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    • $40 
    • 25 d
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    • $20 
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Organizer and beneficiary

Liam Valentina 
Fort Collins, CO
Samantha Cos 
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