Our warrior of the month for April is Sam!
Sam is currently fighting Grade 4 Glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, after being
diagnosed in July 2019. Sam’s journey started when a 7 cm brain tumor was discovered during
a CT scan in June 2019. Shortly after this discovery he lost mobility in his whole left side and
had an emergency craniotomy three days after arriving at the hospital. This surgery was
performed by Dr. Cusimano who is the best surgeon in Canada. Sam was told if he hadn’t had
his CT scan and surgery he would’ve only had around 2 more weeks to live. Shortly after being
in recovery and rehab for two weeks, Sam got his pathology report that he had Brain Cancer
Glioblastoma Grade 4. However, Sam isn’t letting this get him down!! He is determined to fight
and started Good Vibes Only to create hope, spread awareness, and raise money for Brain
Cancer. He is currently undergoing a year's worth of chemotherapy which is 5 days a month for
12 months with projection to finish treatment in September 2020!!
Sam’s hobbies include playing guitar, snowboarding, hiking in the forest, and traveling. He
hopes to travel the world, get a German Shepard and a truck, marry his girlfriend, Laura, and
start a family together one day.
Staying busy and keeping focused on his goal is what keeps Sam going through these tough
times. The goal being to continue spreading awareness for Brain Cancer and working on his
Good Vibes Only fundraising initiative. Getting to personally make and hand deliver orders to
people who are supporting his cause or going through something similar gives him hope.
However, all of his strength comes from his loyal and devoted girlfriend who has been by his
side during the entire cancer journey. Sam says he doesn’t know where he would be without
On average, aggressive Brain Cancer like Sam’s has a survival rate of 1-2 years after
diagnosis. This fact and learning that Brain Cancer is one of the most underfunded types of
cancer is what has inspired Sam to share his journey. He wants to do something because he
believes there is a possibility to have a future without brain cancer. Sam started Good Vibes
Only to spread awareness for Brain Cancer and to raise money for the Gerry and Nancy Pencer
Brain Tumor Center at Princess Margaret which is where he receives his treatment. You can
join #SAMSARMY on instagram and help Sam spread Good Vibes Only for Brain Cancer awareness. You can also follow him on instagram @goodvibesforsam !!
awareness. You can also follow him on instagram @goodvibesonlyforsam!!