SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A fundraiser to help other Make-A-Wish requests come true that was started by Samantha Dacong, a Sacramento teen who recently died from cancer, has reached its goal of raising $165,000.
CBS Miami’s Frances Wang announced the news on social media Wednesday.READ MORE: Sudden Death Of 10-Year-Old Boy Who Had COVID-19 Leaves Elk Grove Family With Questions
“You always said you wanted other children battling illnesses to know they’re not alone. Even from heaven, your heart is inspiring others…and now 16-17 other kids will get their wishes granted because of you,” Wang tweeted.
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How we met in 2017… how we said goodbye in 2021…
Sammie…YOU DID IT!!! 💜💜💜
— Frances Wang (#FrannyInMiami) (@FrancesWangTV) July 7, 2021
As of Wednesday afternoon, Sammie raised $165,870. According to Wang, Sammie’s efforts broke a Make-A-Wish record.
“It makes me extremely proud and very blessed to know that we hopefully helped instill some of those values in her,” said Gina Dacong, Sammie’s mother.
The 18-year-old was first diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2012. Make-A-Wish sent her to Disney World the year after – but ever since then, Sammie paid it forward by helping grant other people’s wishes.
“Even strangers are reaching out and letting us know that they saw Samantha’s story and it really helps to ease some of the pain,” Gina Dacong said over Zoom.
She beat cancer once, but Sammie was then diagnosed with a second type of cancer known as rhabdomyosarcoma. In May, Sammie’s doctors informed her that the cancer had spread to her brain and turned terminal.
Despite the prognosis, Sammie continued to raise money for Make-A-Wish – including one time in May where she raised more than $22,000 in just a day.MORE NEWS: Woodland Bar Shuts Down After Maskless, Unvaccinated Customers Infect Staff With COVID-19
“I barely turned 18 and I already had to go through a lot of tough situations that children shouldn’t be dealing with,” Sammie Dacong said at the time. “But I told myself there are others out there that need it too. I want to spread that story, don’t worry you are not alone.”