We Are SAM

At age 17, Sam Kimura was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia, a rare and deadly bone marrow failure disease, and was told she needed a bonemarrow transplant to survive. Siblings, are the most likely to be a match, but unfortunately, Sam’s sister Alex was not a match. To make matters worse, neither were any of the 28 million people listed on the international donor registry. Sam’s case is not unique: Over half of those fighting blood cancer and blood disorders cannot find their life-saving donor match.

For Sam Kimura, and the thousands of others searching for donors, Sam, Alex, and their best friend, Taylor Shorten, founded Sharing America’s Marrow (SAM for short). SAM is a grassroots movement that finds regular people willing to become heroes by simply taking the time to swab their inner cheek and join the bone marrow donor registry to potentially donate to a patient in need.

In January 2015, The SAM team hit the road in their van named Maggie. Over the course of a year, they traveled to all 50 states to raise awareness and register donors. That year, SAM hosted 193 bone marrow donor registration events, signing up over 24,000 potential life-saving donors.

The road trip may be over, but the SAM movement is alive and well. To this day, Sam Kimura still needs a donor, so for her, and everyone else waiting for their hero to register, SAM keeps going.

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01/19/2015
Launch Party(Louisville, KY)
01/20/2015
Austin Peay State University(Clarksville, TN)
01/21/2015
Belmont University(Nashville, TN)
01/22/2015
Vanderbilt Medical School(Nashville, TN)
01/23/2015
Nashville Entrepreneur Center(Nashville, TN)
01/23/2015
Jordan Minton Show(Nashville, TN)
01/25/2015
Fairview United Methodist Church(Maryville, TN)
01/26/2015
Maryville College(Maryville, TN)
01/27/2015
University of Tennessee(Knoxville, TN)
01/28/2015
Sewanee University of the South(Sewanee, TN)
01/30/2015
Jack Daniels Headquarters(Lynchburg, TN)
02/02/2015
University of Mississippi Ole Miss(Oxford, MS)
02/04/2015
University of Alabama(Tuscaloosa, AL)
02/05/2015
Samford University(Birmingham, AL)
02/05/2015
California Pizza Kitchen Profit Share(Birmingham, AL)
02/06/2015
University of Alabama Birmingham(Birmingham, AL)
02/09/2015
Auburn University(Auburn, AL)
02/10/2015
Florida State University(Tallahassee, FL)
02/11/2015
Florida State University(Tallahassee, FL)
02/11/2015
University of Florida(Gainesville, FL)
02/12/2015
University of South Florida(Tampa, FL)
02/16/2015
University of South Florida(Tampa, FL)
02/16/2015
Florida Atlantic University(Boca Raton, FL)
02/17/2015
St. Thomas University(Miami Gardens, FL)
02/18/2015
Armstrong State University(Savannah, GA)
02/19/2015
Swab for Alex "Smiles" Arrieta(Hilton Head, SC)
02/20/2015
College of Charleston(Charleston, SC)
02/23/2015
Delta Airlines(Atlanta, GA)
02/23/2015
Georgia Tech(Atlanta, GA)
02/23/2015
Monday Night Brewing(Atlanta, GA)
02/24/2015
Otwell Middle School(Cumming, GA)
02/25/2015
Emory University(Atlanta, GA)
02/25/2015
Ryan Bingham with Lucero Show(Atlanta, GA)
02/26/2015
University of Georgia(Athens, GA)
02/28/2015
I Know Jack Fundraiser(Cedar Rapids, IA)
03/02/2015
University of South Carolina(Columbia, SC)
03/03/2015
Queens University(Charlotte, NC)
03/03/2015
Red Ventures(Charlotte, NC)
03/03/2015
Olde Mecklenburg Brewery(Charlotte, NC)
03/04/2015
Duke University(Durham, NC)
03/17/2015
Appalachian State(Boone, NC)
03/18/2015
Washington and Lee University(Lexington, VA)
03/20/2015
Shamrock Marathon Expo(Virginia Beach, VA)
03/21/2015
Shamrock Marathon Expo(Virginia Beach, VA)
03/24/2015
University of Richmond(Richmond, VA)
03/24/2015
SPACE JAM Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine(Pikeville, KY)
03/25/2015
University of Virginia(Charlottesville, VA)
03/26/2015
James Madison University(Harrisonburg, VA)
03/27/2015
Loyola University(Baltimore, MD)
03/27/2015
The Districts Show(Washington, D.C.)
03/30/2015
Catholic University(Washington, D.C.)
03/31/2015
Georgetown University(Washington, D.C.)
04/01/2015
Towson University(Baltimore, MD)
04/02/2015
University of Maryland(College Park, MD)
04/03/2015
Dogfish Head Brewery(Milton, DE)
04/04/2015
SPACE JAM Donor Jam in Honor of Amy(Boulder, CO)
04/07/2015
Rowan University(Glassboro, NJ)
04/08/2015
Richard Stockton College(Galloway, NJ)
04/09/2015
University of Pennsylvania(Philadelphia, PA)
04/09/2015
Pfizer Office(Collegeville, PA)
04/10/2015
Drexel University(Philadelphia, PA)
04/11/2015
SPACE JAM Donor Jam at the YMCA(Louisville, KY)
04/11/2015
SAM HATES CANCER DONOR JAM(Philadelphia, PA)
04/12/2015
SPACE JAM Donor Jam at the YMCA(Louisville, KY)
04/13/2015
Rutgers University(New Brunswick, NJ)
04/13/2015
SPACE JAM Donor Jam at the YMCA(Louisville, KY)
Princeton University(Princeton, NJ)
04/14/2015
SPACE JAM Western Michigan University Donor Jam()
04/14/2015
SPACE JAM Donor Jam at the YMCA(Louisville, KY)
04/15/2015
Seton Hall University(South Orange, NJ)
04/17/2015
SPACE JAM Donor Jam in Honor of Jeremy(Livingston, TN)
04/21/2015
New York Stock Exchange(New York, NY)
04/21/2015
SPACE JAM Western Kentucky University(Bowling Green, KY)
04/22/2015
YMCA(Darien, CT)
04/23/2015
Pfizer(Groton, CT)
04/23/2015
SPACE JAM California State University San Marcos(San Marcos, CA)
04/24/2015
University of Rhode Island(Providence, RI)
04/25/2015
SPACE JAM Tour de Brew QC(Rock Island, IL)
04/25/2015
SPACE JAM Tour de Brew QC(Rapids City, IL)
04/26/2015
BC Mass(Boston, MA)
04/27/2015
UCTC(Boston, MA)
04/28/2015
Cristo Ray High School(Boston, MA)
04/28/2015
Boston University(Boston, MA)
04/29/2015
Bell in Hand Happy Hour(Boston, MA)
04/29/2015
Mullen(Boston, MA)
04/30/2015
Allen and Gerritson(Boston, MA)
05/03/2015
Rising Tide Brewery(Portland, ME)
05/05/2015
Donor Jam in Honor of Hayley(Saco, ME)
05/06/2015
Dartmouth College(Hanover)
05/08/2015
University of Vermont(Burlington, VT)
05/11/2015
Onondaga Community College(Syracuse, NY)
05/13/2015
Concert at City Grows(Pittsburgh, PA)
05/14/2015
Donor Jam in Honor of Brianna(Morgantown, WV)
05/16/2015
Seventh Son Brewery(Columbus, OH)
05/19/2015
Kodaline Concert(Columbus, OH)
05/20/2015
Warped Wing Brewery(Dayton, OH)
05/21/2015
Pee Wee's Place(Crescent Springs, KY)
06/04/2015
Schneider Electric Donor Jam in Memory of Bill(Louisville, KY)
06/11/2015
Triton Brewing Company(Indianapolis, IN)
06/12/2015
MSMFest Morristown Community Park(Morristown, IN)
06/13/2015
MSMFest Morristown Community Park(Morristown, IN)
06/14/2015
MSMFest Morristown Community Park(Morristown, IN)
06/15/2015
NuCraft(Comstock Park, MI)
06/17/2015
U of M Plant Operations(Ann Arbor, MI)
06/19/2015
Taste of Randolph(Chicago, IL)
06/20/2015
Taste of Randolph(Chicago, IL)
06/21/2015
Taste of Randolph(Chicago, IL)
06/22/2015
Make A Wish(Chicago, IL)
06/23/2015
PepsiCo Headquarters(Chicago, IL)
06/25/2015
Jazz in the Park(Milwaukee, WI)
06/26/2015
Madison Mallards Baseball Game(Madison Mallards Baseball Game)
06/28/2015
Moccasin Creek Festival(Effingham, IL)
06/29/2015
Heartland Dental(Effingham, IL)
06/29/2015
Kluthe Center(Effingham, IL)
07/02/2015
California Pizza Kitchen Night(Saint Louis, MO)
07/03/2015
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company(Saint Louis, MO)
07/07/2015
Essense of Australia Office(Kansas City, MO)
07/19/2015
Kansas City Royals Baseball Game(Kansas City, MO)
07/10/2015
Cerner, Lexus, and Harley Davidson(Kansas City, MO)
07/12/2015
First United Methodist Church(Manhattan)
07/15/2015
Drive for Desmond(Wichita, KS)
07/16/2015
Nebraska Methodist College Nursing(Omaha, NE)
07/17/2015
Make a Wish Nebraska Office(Omaha, NE)
07/17/2015
Farnam House Brewing Company(Omaha, NE)
07/17/2015
Nebraska Medical Center(Omaha, NE)
07/18/2015
RAGBRAI Expo(Souix City, IA)
07/21/2015
Wooden Legs Brewing Company(Brookings, SD)
07/22/2015
SDSU Wellness Center(Brookings, SD)
07/23/2015
Make a Wish ND(Fargo, ND)
07/25/2015
Fargo Brewing Company(Fargo, ND)
07/28/2015
Target Headquarters(Minneapolis, MN)
07/28/2015
Quality Bicycle Products(Minneapolis, MN)
07/29/2015
Mall of America(Minneapolis, MN)
07/30/2015
Steve Noonan Band Show at Insight Brewing(Minneapolis, MN)
08/04/2015
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally(Hulett, WY)
08/11/2015
Bozeman Brewing Company(Bozeman, MT)
08/12/2015
Jackson Hole Live(Jackson, WY)
08/14/2015
Madison County Fair(Rexburg, ID)
08/17/2015
Quality Bicycle Products(Salt Lake, UT)
08/18/2015
Wilco Concert with Love Hope Strength(Salt Lake, UT)
08/22/2015
New Belgium Brewing(Fort Collins, CO)
08/24/2015
Otterbox Headquarters(Fort Collins, CO)
08/24/2015
Pi Kappa Phi and Pi Beta Phi Chapter Meetings(Boulder, CO)
08/15/2015
CU Boulder(Boulder, CO)
08/26/2015
CU Denver(Denver, CO)
08/26/2015
Breakfast Club at Red Rocks(Morrison, CO)
08/26/2015
CU Denver Medical School(Denver, CO)
08/27/2015
California Honey Drops Concert(Denver, CO)
08/28/2015
Atmosphere Concert at Red Rocks(Morrison, CO)
08/28/2015
Stapleton on the Green(Denver, CO)
08/31/2015
University of Wyoming(Laramie, WY)
09/02/2015
Idaho State University(Pocatello, ID)
09/03/2015
Boise State University(Boise, ID)
09/05/2015
Bumbershoot Festival(Seattle, WA)
09/06/2015
Bumbershoot Festival(Seattle, WA)
09/07/2015
Bumbershoot Festival(Seattle, WA)
09/12/2015
Party For a Purpose(Anchorage, AK)
09/17/2015
University of Portland(Portland, OR)
09/19/2015
SPACE JAM Spirit Run(Beaumont, CA)
09/24/2015
UC Davis(Davis, CA)
09/29/2015
Castlight Health HQ(San Francisco, CA)
09/30/2015
Stanford University(Stanford University)
09/30/2015
Dropbox HQ(San Francisco, CA)
10/01/2015
Peek HQ(San Francisco, CA)
10/05/2015
San Jose State University(San Jose, CA)
10/08/2015
Movember HQ(Los Angeles, CA)
10/09/2015
The Giving Keys(Los Angeles, CA)
10/09/2015
Laura's Swab Party(Los Angeles, CA)
10/12/2015
UCLA(Los Angeles, CA)
10/13/2015
Ventura College(Ventura, CA)
10/13/2015
Topa Topa Brewery(Los Angeles, CA)
10/14/2015
UCLA(Los Angeles, CA)
10/15/2015
UCSD(San Diego, CA)
10/15/2015
Laura's Swab Party(San Diego, CA)
10/18/2015
UNLV Greek Life(Las Vegas, NV)
10/19/2015
Zappos HQ(Las Vegas, NV)
10/26/2015
Arizona State University(Phoenix, AZ)
10/28/2015
University of New Mexico(Albuquerque, NM)
10/28/2015
UNM Sigma Chi(Albuquerque, NM)
10/28/2015
Draft Station Swabby Hour(Albuquerque, NM)
10/30/2015
H & 8th Night Market(Oklahoma City, OK)
11/01/2015
University of Oklahoma Greek Meetings(Norman, OK)
11/04/2015
SMU Phi Gamma Delta Meeting(Dallas, TX)
11/05/2015
Pizza Hut HQ(Dallas, TX)
11/07/2015
Wish with Wings Kitchen Tour(Dallas, TX)
11/09/2015
University of Texas Tyler(Tyler, TX)
11/09/2015
UT Pike House(Austin, TX)
11/10/2015
Dropbox HQ(Austin, TX)
11/10/2015
UT DBC Chapter(Austin, TX)
11/11/2015
Atlassian HQ(Austin, TX)
11/11/2015
Because I Said I Would Presentation(Austin, TX)
11/12/2015
SAM in Austin Swabby Hour(Austin, TX)
11/12/2015
Atlassian HQ(Austin, TX)
11/12/2015
Arrive Logistics(Austin, TX)
11/12/2015
The Chive(Austin, TX)
11/15/2015
Fli Club Meeting(College Station, TX)
11/16/2015
Nutribolt(Bryan, TX)
11/16/2015
Legal Monkeys(College Station, TX)
11/16/2015
FrogSlayer(Bryan, TX)
11/16/2015
Texas A&M Greek Meetings(College Station, TX)
11/17/2015
University of Houston(Houston, TX)
11/17/2015
Swabby Hour at Volcano(Houston, TX)
11/18/2015
University of Houston(Houston, TX)
11/18/2015
Swabby Hour at Little Woodrow's(Houston, TX)
11/19/2015
Briarmeadow Charter School(Houston, TX)
11/19/2015
Rice University(Houston, TX)
11/21/2015
Food Truck Roundup(Lafayette, LA)
11/30/2015
Tulane University(New Orleans, LA)
12/01/2015
LSU Medical School(New Orleans, LA)
12/02/2015
University of Arkansas Little Rock(Little Rock, AR)
12/03/2015
St. Jude's Marathon Expo(Memphis, TN)
12/03/2015
St. Jude's Marathon Expo(Memphis, TN)
12/15/2015
Koapaka McDonald's(Honolulu, HI)
01/12/2016
Against the Grain Brewery(Louisville, KY)

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