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SAMUEL J FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT KIDS WITH BRAIN TUMORS - March 3 in PA


Posted on: 01/31/2006

SAMUEL J FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT KIDS WITH BRAIN TUMORS - March 3 in PA

PRESS RELEASE Date: January 25, 2006
Contact: Kelly Johnson
(724)693-9901
E-mail: kelly.johnson@samuelj.org


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Samuel Jacob Johnson was 3-years-old when he died of a brain tumor. Throughout his too short life, he inspired those around him with his tremendous strength and courage. His bright spirit lives on today through the Samuel J Foundation established in his memory. “Laughter Is The Best Medicine,” a comedy benefit for the Foundation’s Pediatric Brain Tumor Fund, is planned for March 11, 2006, at 8:00 pm at The Holiday Inn in Greentree. Scheduled to appear are several Pittsburgh-area comics including Buzz Nutley, PJ Williams and Ty Mack. In addition, there will be a 50/50 raffle and Chinese auction with great prizes, as well as a cash bar. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door.

The Samuel J Foundation’s mission is to give children with brain tumors hope for a cure, bring smiles into the lives of children with all types of pediatric cancers and their families, and support the needs of children with developmental disabilities. The Foundation’s current programs include a snack cart for parents and children on the inpatient oncology unit at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, as well as a pediatric brain tumor fund that will be used to support research. Other programs are in development.

The Samuel J Foundation was founded in 2004 by Kelly Johnson of Collier Township in memory of her son, Samuel Jacob Johnson, who died from a brain tumor in November 2003 at age 3. “Sam had endless spirit, courage and will,” said Mrs. Johnson. “He inspired so many people during his life, that I felt we had to carry on and do everything we can to continue to make a difference on his behalf. That’s what the Foundation is all about—continuing to share Sam’s bright light with the world, helping kids who are like him, and hopefully making a difference in their lives.”

To purchase tickets online or for more information, visit www.samuelj.org.


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