“Life is not about the length of time we live. It’s about the way we live in the length of time that we’re given.”
The Measure of a Life
432,000 looks like a big number. It is when you are talking about money. What if I told you that 432,000 is the number of minutes you have in 10 months of life? 432,000 does not sound as big when you measure it as a lifetime.
Our beautiful daughter, Samantha Rose Scott, was with us for 10 months…432,000 minutes of gift time. Diagnosed with Trisomy 18 before she was born, we were told that she would most likely be stillborn. Four days after she was born, Sammy was released from the hospital under the condition that we had Hospice set up at our home. It was surreal to be cradling our newborn baby in our arms and making arrangements with Hospice. We were told we would most likely only have days with her because most babies with this disorder that are born alive suffer fatal episodes of sleep apnea shortly after birth.
While Sammy did have numerous challenges that would have been very easy to focus on and live in fear of, as a family we made a decision to focus on making each day count. For 10 months Sammy did everything from fishing with her daddy to traveling to the Rocky Mountains. She went to the Vista Ridge football games to watch her daddy coach and to cheer her favorite Rangers on. Samantha loved playing with her sisters, Chesni and Kayla, who were wonderful big sisters! She also loved being read to by her mommy, laughing at Elmo, and was such a light for all who met her! Some of her favorite things to do were to be outside and to go for a ride in the jogging stroller. Sammy had the most beautiful smile and striking blue eyes!
Many arms lovingly held Samantha during her time here and she received more love in 10 months than many of us do in years. She also changed more lives in 10 months than many of us do in years. Samantha taught us all that life is not about the length of time we live. It’s about the way we live in the length of time that we have. She taught us that each and every day is a gift. TODAY is a gift and a body that works and is healthy is a gift. If you lived for 10 months with that mentality, what would the next 432,000 minutes of your life look like? What will your life story say in the next 10 months? How can you make a difference starting today?
One way you can make a difference in our community and in the lives of children with special needs is by joining us for the following events:
On Friday, May 25th, the sMiles 4 Sammy Team will have a silent auction in conjunction with the VRHS Spring Football Game. There will be some great auction items to bid on! Besides cheering on our Rangers, there will be food to purchase and it will be a great family atmosphere! We’d love to see you out there! Gates open at 6:00 p.m., the game starts at 7:00 p.m. and the auction will be open from 6-8:00 p.m.
On Saturday, May 26th, Rogue Running is partnering with our group to host the 1st Annual sMiles 4 Sammy Family Fun Run/5K. People of all ages and ability levels are encouraged to join us! Get a team of 3 or more together for a discounted rate and race against other teams! Chip timing will be available for a small additional cost and. To register for the race or for more information, please visit us at http://www.sMiles4Sammy.org!
The sMiles 4 Sammy Team of the East Wilco Challenger Sports Organization (a 501 c 3 non profit) was created in loving memory of Samantha Scott. All proceeds from these events will be used to help build an all abilities baseball field for children with special needs. This field includes an artificial turf that is easy for wheelchairs and walkers to move around on. The East Wilco Challenger Sports Organization has changed their sports’ league name to Central Texas Ability Sports due to the large number of children from all over Central Texas that have joined their league. These children, like all children, love playing sports and benefit from the exercise, discipline and self confidence that comes from being a part of a team. This league offers baseball, basketball, kickball and golf at no cost to the parents and more information can be found at http://www.huttochallenger.webs.com. The City of Taylor has donated land within their sports park for this field and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has pledged $50,000 for this project. The cost of an all abilities baseball field is approximately $350,000 and we are excited to be a part of this community effort!
Please help us build this ball field. Our entire community will be positively impacted by working together to ensure that ALL children have a place to play! Thank you for your support and remember that today is a gift!
Chad & Sherlyn Scott