One day after her birthday a Kamloops girl was given only days to live

By Jessica Lepp
March 9, 2016 - 5:00pm Updated: March 9, 2016 - 7:59pm

KAMLOOPS — A young Kamloops girl is saying her final goodbyes to loved ones after recently relapsing from a rare form of cancer called Burkitts Leukemia .

Sam Donovan celebrated her sixth birthday last Thursday. One day later she and her family were devastated to learn Sam had relapsed and would be lucky to live another week.

Family friend Trish D'ondt says, “the cancer has taken over at this time it's 92% of her bone marrow. The family was basically told there is nothing left to do. They moved her to Canuck Place Hospice Friday night.”

Sam was first diagnosed in July 2014 and has relapsed once before.

Sam's mother Allison and father Tyler describe their daughter as a resilient girl with a passion for life.

D'ondt says, “last Friday they gave her a week, but Ally said last night that today is day 5. She had blood tests done yesterday and shocked everyone with her numbers because they expected them to be quite low. I true Sam style, she's still fighting.

A number of fundraisers are being held to assist the family financially.

Details can be found on Sam's Facebook page.

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