Team Tiny Dancer

$29,818 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 707 people in 33 months

Watch this video for background on Sami's story !

On March 18, 2015, doctors at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, discovered that our 11-year-old daughter, Samantha Lee (aka Sami), was suffering from a rare and deadly form childhood brain cancer: a Grade 3 Anaplastic Astrocytoma! 

Since then, Sami has undergone a six-hour biopsy, an endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV), and a 17-hour brain surgery that removed 60-70 percent of her tumor; she's maxed-out on radiation for quality of life; spent nearly five-weeks at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital for acute physical, occupational, and speech therapy; and as for chemo, she's on an intense schedule that includes Avastin, Temodar, and Irinotecan. 


WE NEED YOUR HELP!

After months of there being no visible cancer , an MRI in January indicated that Sami's cancer had recurred. Since that time, the tumor has grown 1cm. We've been told that any additional growth may likely result in Sami experiencing symptoms. These can range from the stroke-like symptoms and paralysis she experienced last year to total loss of mobility, sight, hearing, and even memories. Sami's now in paliative care at home. 

HELP US MAKE SAMI'S DREAMS COME TRUE!


To follow Sami's amazing story  and to learn how you can best support #TeamTinyDancer, visit to our website at http://TeamTinyDancer.com! Make it your homepage!

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#TeamTinyDancer wants to thank everyone who donated. Unfortunately, Samantha passed away on July 17th. We are sorry for not updating about her passing on this page. If you are interested in learning more about our family and our journey to heal from our loss....you can find us on facebook by searching for #TeamTinyDancer and Samantha Bannister
This was taken in March 2016, it was right after she got her breathing treatments called Pentam.
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Hear Jeremiah's interview about #TeamTinyDancer and Sami's ambitious plans for the summer of 2016 on Dogma Debate, hosted by David Smalley! Listen to the whole thing by visiting the link below! The interview runs from 19:40-44:30! Enjoy!

http://www.spreaker.com/user/smalleyandhyso/236-christian-grandma-vs-david-smalley
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Hooray! The OFFICIAL #TeamTinyDancer YouTube playlist if finally here! Check back for frequent updates!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFVeSi-Nt_QEnyt4_cLTYOdw-vZabzsvS
This video is so powerful! SUBSCRIBE!
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Sami's cancer has recurred. After months with no visible signs of disease, an MRI revealed her tumor is back and "growing slowly" -- 1cm in 3 months! Moreover, doctors say that any additional growth will likely result in recognizable symptoms.

Currently, there are no clinical trials available in the USA so we're very limited. Doctors have added Irinotecan to Sami's chemo schedule, but they're looking into other options.

We don't admit it much very often but our family really needs your support, and every bit helps! Thank you so much for all the amazing things you've done and continue to do for our family during these times!

- JTB
#NeverGiveUp #KeepOnSmiling
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Laura Mays
19 months ago
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Grandpa Richard and Grandma Laura in Washington love you be strong and keep smiling keep on fighting we're all fighting for you

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Priscilla Martin
18 months ago

Love you Bannister Family! ♥

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Allen Minch
19 months ago

From the Minch family with love. I wish it could be more. ❤️

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Robin Smith
19 months ago

I'm am so sorry for your loss. Words can't even describe loosing a child. My heart does out to you and your family. RIP Samantha precious little girl.

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Raised by 707 people in 33 months
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Joshua Ellison
17 months ago

Greetings from John in Japan, now in the USA, again. Condolences and all the best to you all. Sorry it took so long. Ran into some layoffs, setbacks and such. Always here for you all, though. Much love from the South.

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18 months ago
Laura Mays
19 months ago
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Grandpa Richard and Grandma Laura in Washington love you be strong and keep smiling keep on fighting we're all fighting for you

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Priscilla Martin
18 months ago

Love you Bannister Family! ♥

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Allen Minch
19 months ago

From the Minch family with love. I wish it could be more. ❤️

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Robin Smith
19 months ago

I'm am so sorry for your loss. Words can't even describe loosing a child. My heart does out to you and your family. RIP Samantha precious little girl.

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