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I wish to have a thank you party

“ The whole community helped me beat cancer. ”


- Wish Teen Sam

Adopted By: Assurant

When 14-year-old Sam from Rapid City learned he qualified for a once in a lifetime wish, he chose to throw a thank you party.

Sam battled Ewing sarcoma for a year and wanted to show his supporters how grateful he was. On July 24th, 2016 Sam’s friends and family gathered to celebrate with vintage arcade games, a game lounge, laser tag, a photo booth, a DJ and food. Sam’s friends and family were not surprised by his wish and stated his selfless spirit shined through once again.

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Thank you to the following businesses for all your help in granting Sam’s wish:  Sean Coyne at Coyne Digital, Catered Two Productions, Johnny Sundby PhotographyTimeless Rentals, Jamie Knapp, JR’s Laser Tag, Pepsi-Cola of the Black Hills, Linn Family at Puzzleroo Arcades, Simpsons Printing, Rapid City Parks & Recreation, Aaron's, GameStop, West Middle School, and Scheels.  A very special thank you to Assurant for adopting Sam’s wish and making this special day possible.


I just want to say thank you to everyone, this means so much to me that I have friends and family that are there for me all the time. I wouldn't have gotten through this past year without everyone. ”

— Wish Teen Sam

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