9-year-old Survivor Spreads Heart Awareness on Ice
Born with a congenital heart defect, Sammi Fagan spent most of her formative years in and out of the hospital. Fortunately, as she grew bigger, her heart got stronger. Now, she’s paying it forward and raising dollars and awareness so other families don’t face the same struggles her family endured. A hockey enthusiast, Sammi merged her favorite sport with her personal mission and with the help of her mother, Danielle, created Sammi Skates Rhode Island Red — a Life is Why We Give fundraiser donating proceeds to Southern New England’s Go Red for Women.
Sammi and her hockey team, including big sister, Mia, have been lacing up their skates and taking the ice across Rhode Island with the American Hockey League and University Hockey Teams. Including the Providence Bruins, University of Rhode Island Rams, Providence College Friars, and Boss Arena, Sammi and her team are hard at work spreading awareness. With the support of sponsors, they have raised over $4,200 of Sammi’s $5,000 goal, and Team Sammi couldn’t be prouder.
“As a mom, you hope your children grow up and become productive members of society,” Danielle said. “Sammi is making those hopes a reality at 9.”
The Go Red for Women Luncheon is sponsored nationally and locally by CVS. Some of The Go Red for Women Luncheon local sponsors include Lifespan Corporation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island and Fidelity Investments.
For more information about Go Red for Women , sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets contact Southern New England American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Director, Michelle Clark at Michelle.Clark@heart.org or 401-228-2322.
As the Director of Communications for American Heart Association Southern New England, Samantha works with local partners in the community to be a relentless force for longer, healthier lives for everyone. For more information on the article you just read, or to get involved visit SNE Webpage, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 401.228.2324.