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Kamloops child has only days left to live after cancer returns

Sam Donovan, 6, is currently in hospice after tragic news in her cancer diagnosis.
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March 10, 2016 - 1:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - It’s every parents worst nightmare and the Donovans in Kamloops are experiencing it right now. Allison and Tyler have learned their six-year-old daughter has only days left to live after a lengthy battle with cancer.

“(The cancer) is really aggressive and at this time there is nothing more that can be done,” family friend Trish D’Hondt says.

She says the family has been moved to Canuck Place Children's Hospice in Vancouver.

The Donovans have been living between Vancouver and Kamloops for the last two years while Sam underwent multiple treatments for leukemia. After a brief remission period the family expected to celebrate, but instead found out the cancer had returned. Just days after her sixth birthday the family learned the cancer spread.

“It’s so hard to wrap your head around. She hasn’t been sick the last little bit. She hasn’t been complaining, sore or tired,” D'Hondt says. “She told (her parents) she’s not ready to go to heaven yet."

She says the family is working on creating good memories with their daughter right now. Last night, Sam dropped the puck at the Vancouver Canuck’s game. You can watch the video below.

To help contribute to those memories, and help the Donovans cover the wages lost from not being at work while they care for their daughter, several fundraisers have been organized.

Tomorrow, March 11, Bailey’s pub will be hosting a dinner at 5 p.m. Tickets for either a chicken or steak dinner are available at the pub and cost $15. There will also be a 50/50 sale and a silent auction.

On Sunday, March 13, The Vue restaurant at The Dunes at Kamloops Golf Club will host a buffet dinner and another silent auction. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets for adults are $25 and $15 for children. To purchase tickets, contact D’Hondt at 250-571-3736.

If you’d like to donate directly to the family, visit their GoFundMe page here.


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To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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