Sammy was having severe chest pain. After examination, his doctors discovered he had a large mass pressing on his heart and chest cavity.
He was diagnosed with high risk T-Cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and was admitted to the Children's Hospital at Montefiore for treatment.
After one month of intense chemotherapy and eight days of radiation, Sammy went into remission. He has been off treatment for two years and is now in the fourth grade. Sammy was voted Treasurer for his school and serves on the Student Government Council. He is also a competitive swimmer.