Mentoring & Sibling Support

Sam Patterson, Co-Founder | Born November 1, 1994

Sam had just turned 7 at the time of his diagnosis with metachromatic leukodystrophy  [MLD] in January of 2001.

Sam was full of life and touched everyone that had the privilege of looking into his smiling eyes. He loved his brothers and his mom and his dad simply because they were his family.

He loved sleeping on the top bunk and his best friend Jack.  He hated being called anything but Sam! He loved pickles, meat, cheese, milk & yogurt.  He loved music and puzzles.  He loved church.  He was a giver of blessings, of spirit, of heart.  Kids loved him because he was just so stinking kind and funny – he laughed all the time and was just happy to be here. He loved looking for box turtles in the woods out back after a gentle rain.

He liked things simple.

In memory of Sam Patterson (November 1, 1994-December 26, 2003)The Patterson family shared with us the stresses parents endure when caring for an ill child in addition to supporting siblings in the home. Day-to-day obligations become overwhelming, such as grocery shopping and usual family activities like mentoring and tutoring, activities and time to just be a family.

There With Care Mentoring and Sibling Support Programs help reduce some of those stresses to give families more time together.

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