Help Sam And Nella

This fundraiser is to help my best friend and her daughter, Nella Newman and Sam Moake. As some of you may not know, Sam began riding bulls a couple of months ago. All was good until March 13th, 2018. That night Sam put on her helmet, vest, and spurs and ended up being life-flighted to Christus Saint Elizabeth for emergency surgery. Sam suffered a serious injury to her internal organs. When the bull she was riding threw her, she got caught underneath it and was stomped mercilessly. The bull forced her pancreas and spleen into her backbone, severing the pancreas in the process. Also from the pressure, her lung blew a hole and was leaking 5% into her chest cavity.

During surgery the doctors realized they weren't going to be able to save the pancreas entirely - she came out of surgery with only 10% of her pancreas intact. The spleen was removed with the pancreas, as the blood supply to the spleen was cut off for several hours and could not be saved.

Sam has done well since her surgery but she needs her mom beside her, supporting her and helping her through this tough time. Sam is a strong and fierce young woman with a long road to recovery ahead of her. She is a faithful friend, a rough-and-tough cowgirl, and a loving daughter.

Nella is a selfless mother - she has done everything she can to give Sam what she can to ensure she was always able to achieve her dreams. She works hard as a single mother to provide the best for Sam in every way.. and even now refuses to leave Sam's side as she makes her way through this tough recovery. At any cost she is willing to stand by her baby.

For those of you that know Nella, you know she is willing to help anyone at any time. If she is physically able to help, she will lend a hand. She was always the softball mom that brought extra snacks and drinks for the whole team, she's the woman who isn't afraid to put a little elbow grease into a project to get it done, and the friend who you can always call on.

But friends, Nella is also the kind of person that won't ask for help if she needs it... And I believe she truly needs it at this time. It is impossible to make a living when your only child is laying in a hospital bed. I started this page so we could help Nella and Sam in their time of need, so Nella can stay with Sam in the hospital and not have to worry about things at home.

I know the entire community has been sending their love and prayers, now I just hope we can all come together to support them while Sam recovers. Thank you for reading their story and have a blessed day.


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Tiffany Wheeler 
Jasper, TX
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