Samantha Trost, known as Sammy Jo, (May 23, 1988- January 19, 2009) was born and raised in Virginia Beach. She attended King’s Grant Elementary, Lynnhaven Middle School, and First Colonial High School.
Sam loved music, the Red Sox, and was an accomplished pole vaulter.
She was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, bone cancer, in her right tibia. The treatment entailed chemotherapy and a surgical limb salvage procedure that removed her bone and inserted a titanium rod in its place.
She was in remission and returned to her senior year of high school where she graduated from First Colonial High School with honors. Prior to entering her freshman year of college at East Carolina University, she found a lump and was again back into treatment, this time for radiation and chemotherapy.
She was again deemed in remission, and off to ECU. Halfway through her sophomore year at ECU she discovered a mass behind her knee and this time the treatment was an above knee amputation.
She was back at ECU with her new prosthetic leg.
The cancer had metastasized into her lungs and she lost her courageous battle in January of 2009. Her spirit, smile, and legacy live on through Samantha Makes It a Little Easier, Inc. SMILE.
"Samantha Makes It a Little Easier"
101 West Main Street. Suite 7000
Norfolk, VA 23510