Red Cross 07 Spokesperson-9 Yr. old -Samantha Cohen Helps Sick Children-Making Dolls

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“Mommy  And  I Make Dolls to Help Other Children Like Me”- Samantha Raine Cohen



OCTOBER 29, 2008 at the Dante Alighireri Society

562 Summit Ave. Jersey City, NJ 12-6:00

 Community Blood Drive – Parking Available

Samantha Raine is an 9 year old with a story to tell! She was born with Sickle Cell Disease, an inherit red blood cell disorder. At age 2 she began blood transfusion therapy to prevent strokes. Every 2 to 4 weeks she would be place under annesthesia and given blood transfusions.


At age 4 she was sequestering blood in her spleen as a result of the many trasnsusions. She then received her first operation to remove her spleen. She was also treated for iron overload with nightly injectons admisntered by her mother, Kelleye.

On August 14th, 2007 Samantha had a stroke. In addition, she was also diagnosed with a rare brain disorder called  moyamoya, which required her to have corrective brain surgery. With so many challenges she face, this little peoerhous is a straihg a student who aspires to be the President of the United States.

In September, 2007, she was awarded “Spokesperson of the Year” by the Anmerian Red Cross and has been featured in magazines, newspapers and even on ABC2 News, telling her story.

Sammy is also the co-founder of the Samantha Raine Foundation Inc.

When she was just 4 years old , she told her mother, she wanted to help sick children, not realizing that she was one of them!

Despite all her challenges, she wants to help other children with her disease by surprising a child who experiences many hositpatl stays with a room makeover.”

“This will give them a reason to want to come home,” she says.

So her and Mom make dolls to sell at the Girlz Place to help provide funding for her foundation.

For information on the Samantha Raine Foundation, go to For influjation on, or to donate , to the American Red Cross of Centeral Maryland, go to

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