BUCKHANNON — Trapper Samples happily rang the bell at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital’s Pediatric Infusion Center in Morgantown after being declared disease free.
In October, Samples experienced pain in his right hip bone and on January 18, the doctors told Samples and his family that they thought it was cancer. Samples subsequently underwent a series of tests and started treatments in late January. After four different chemo treatments, the pet scan remarkably showed he was disease free.
“Our community we live in here, they have come together and really supported us through this, as far as prayers going out and monetary gifts for the medical expenses,” said Jimbo Samples, Trapper’s father. “There’s so many people we need to thank but there’s no way that we could do it, to thank everyone.”
Next month, Samples will start follow-up appointments every three months for the rest of the year. The results of those appointments will determine the next five years. Jimbo Samples told The Record Delta that the doctors will not consider his son ‘cancer free’ until Trapper has been disease free for five years.
“We would like to thank our community and area churches who prayed, donated time and/or money to assist us during this time. Our prayers have certainly been answered. This ordeal was made more bearable because of the support of family, friends and our community,” Jimbo and Lisa Samples said in an official statement to The Record Delta.
The Samples family still plans to hold fundraisers to help with expenses. The Elimination Dinner sponsored by Gauley River Boys has been postponed from its original date, but still plans to proceed later this summer. There will also be a Benefit ATV Ride on June 20, 2020. For more information, contact Brie Anlyn Hoffman via Facebook.