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Samuel A.

Samuel is an incredibly happy 7 year old who loves life! He is very active and doesn’t let his severe hemophilia slow him down a bit! He loves super heroes, his 3 big sisters, and his little brother, Elijah, who is also a BuckeyeThon kid! 

Siblings Name and Birthdays: Kyleigh, Kaelyn, Aubrey, and Elijiah

Parents Names: Natalie and Jason

"Samuel is someone you can always go to if you need a laugh or someone to put a smile on your face. He is always making jokes and loves to run around at any of our events! He has been a great older brother to Elijah, another one of our BuckeyeThon Kids. I have watched him show Elijah the ropes and include him on everything he is doing. Make sure you take time to talk to Samuel at out next event!"

Favorite Things to Do: Swim, Ride his bike, Play outside in the snow, Play on his tablet, and Be in the Boy Scouts

Favorite Color: Sparkly Gold

Favorite Food: Chinese noodles

What he wants to be when she grows up: Dentist

Favorite Movie: The Avengers

Samuel's Hemophilia Journey:

Samuel's Hemophilia Journey: Samuel was brought home in April of 2016 after being adopted from China by his parents. His parents knew he had a disorder that made him bruise easily. While they were in China, Sam had many joint bleeds in his ankles and knees and was unable to walk. He was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital for testing and discovered he had severe hemophilia type A. Samuel needs infusions twice a week to prevent injury and bleeding. At first he went to the hospital for infusions, then he had a home health nurse come. Last Thanksgiving, his dad started doing the infusions on his own. His oldest sister has also learned how to infuse. Samuel doesn’t have a port, so finding his vein to infuse him can be difficult. He has adjusted well and is so brave! His three sisters and brother adore him and his parents couldn’t imagine their family without him!