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At three years old, Sammi was diagnosed with a brain tumor requiring brain surgery, two years of chemotherapy, and many months in the hospital. Once out of the hospital, Sammi struggled to find her place as a result of the longstanding side effects of the tumor. Now, at the age of 16, Sammi has ridden in the Pan Mass Challenge and found her spot on a varsity sports team. This petite high school junior demonstrates some pretty outsized strength. Although she went through a terrible experience, she is now able to help others in the same situation and try to use the story of her cancer journey to inspire others. Sammi believes that no matter what overwhelming odds there might be, you can accomplish anything you put your mind to.


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Samantha Janower

Samantha Janower

Samantha Janower was only three years old when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She underwent two different treatments of chemotherapy, one brain surgery, and spent a lot of her young childhood in the hospital. She spent much of her childhood nauseous and weak as a result of the treatments, some of which have had undesired long term side effects. Because of her petite stature and weak fitness, Samantha had always doubted her abilities and felt unable to fit in. As she entered High School, Samantha became more confident and found her place on her school’s Varsity Crew Team and worked hard to ride in the Pan Mass Challenge. Now, at 16 years old, Samantha works passionately to help others with Brain Tumors or in similar situations. Samantha feels fortunate to be here today and firmly believes that with work and determination, anyone can accomplish their goals.