Our SLiCe of Heaven

Samantha Lorene Calafiore was born April 2, 1997.
On August 11, 2002, at the age of 5 years, 4 months, 9 days old,
Samantha suddenly got very sick.  By 8:00 pm that evening she was
in an emergency room and we were being told that Samantha
desperately needed further care and most likely surgery.  She
needed to be taken to another local hospital that was able to take
care of her pediatric needs.  We arrived  at this
Morristown NJ hospital with an assistant waiting for us to take us
to the pediatric ICU.  We met with the"pediatric surgeon" who
told us that Samantha had some type of infection, that she
didn't need surgery and promised us she would be fine.  That was
the last time we saw or heard from that "surgeon."
5:24 am, Monday, August 12, 2002 Samantha passed away in the
ICU room at this Morristown hospital.  

Samantha's favorite color of the rainbow was purple and her
birthstone for April is diamond.  After raising butterflies at home,
and then visiting the Bronx Zoo  Butterfly Garden, Samantha
became enamored with butterflies which are symbols of change or
transformation, joy and love.

This is why you see diamonds, butterflies, and the color purple
throughout her web site, mailings, and fundraising items.  They
remind family, friends and supporters of Samantha - her beauty,
her joy, and her never ending Spirit.
Click on the file to the right to
hear a very brief audio of
Samantha and her dad.
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