In November, Newhouse + Noblin made a donation to Sam’s Squad, a group organized in support of a local 9-year old “superhero” named Sam, but more broadly designed to help fight Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy – the most severe form of the condition. Sam began life struggling to breathe and survive, and the odds were that he would never leave the hospital. But he did. Beginning at 9 weeks of age, Sam started treatment at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. Although Sam can now walk, his muscles are weak. So, when he needs to travel longer distances, he races around in an orange, manual wheelchair with wheels that light up as he rolls.
Sam overcame the odds and is now a fun-loving, sweet nine-year old kid who loves superheroes, Toy Story, music, movies, animals and his family. Sam is especially fond of his older brother, Will. Every day Sam continues to fight Muscular Dystrophy and beat the odds, always with great cheer and humor. That’s why we think of Sam as our superhero.
You can be a superhero too by joining Sam’s Squad and running or walking in the Dallas White Rock Marathon on December 4, 2011, volunteering, or making a donation to the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation.