Sammy's Superheroes

Jack Hoffman made the national scene when he ran the football for a TD in the Husker spring game and his five-year old friend Sammy Nahorny is also becoming quite well known. Both boys have battled cancer.

While Jack's is in remission, Sammy is really going through it as he fights neuroblastoma, a solid tumor of the adrenal system and cancer that has spread to his lymph nodes.

He's traveled with family from their hometown of Columbus, Nebraska to Boston and Chicago to be part of several clinical studies.

Through the ordeal Sammy's parents have grown determined to ramp up the battle against childhood cancer.

"We learned about the incredible lack of research, and not just my son's cancer," said Erin Nahorny in an interview with WOWT 6 News..

"I think almost all children who are treated with chemotherapy drugs are treated with adult drugs."

According to research presented by St. Baldrick's foundation only one cancer drug for children has been approved in the last 20 years.

In response, family friend Amy Williams created the Sammy's Superheroes foundation to raise awareness about childhood cancer and money for research.

"A year ago I was just hoping to sell 250 pieces of clothing," she said.
"Now we just sold our ten thousandth piece of merchandise."

Williams is aware of the inauspicious start of the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation that now numbers more than 100,000 volunteers.

"Our vision is to raise the same level of concern for childhood cancer. We now have over 7500 friends on Facebook and support continues to grow. We started with three people and an idea."

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