Jim and Karen Curtis founded the Help Sami Kick Cancer Foundation to assist families facing pediatric cancer in memory of their daughter Samantha “Sami” Curtis, who passed in May 2017 after a two-year battle with the disease.
Help Sami Kick Cancer
“To bring all of those things together, it just embodies Sami,” said Karen.
Sami was an active member of the community who raised thousands of dollars for the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund, of which she was a board member since age 13. Before her death, the organization transferred money Sami had raised since being diagnosed in 2015 to the Northern New York Community Foundation to create a legacy fund.
The experience, coupled with the memory of a family hunting trip to Colorado before Sami passed, made Jim and Karen realize they could help other families in the same way.
“Usually at the end of a week’s vacation you’re getting on each other’s nerves and are ready to go home, but 10 days later we didn’t want the trip to end,” said Karen. "It meant so much to us and we want to give that to families."
The foundation purchased The Lodge in February and are now accepting donations to help with renovations so they can begin hosting families. Immediate needs include adding an elevator and ensuring the bathrooms are handicapped accessible, repairing the deck, repairing the exterior, fixing and painting interior walls, and adding appliances, furniture and furnishings.