UPDATE: Smiling Sam loses cancer battle

Celebration of life planned for North Delta girl on Saturday in Tsawwassen.

North Delta's Sam Mantyka

She never lost hope or her bright smile during years of illness.

But on Sunday, North Delta’s Sam Mantyka lost her battle with cancer.

Sam, who would have started Grade 6 in the fall, was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2009. Surgery and intensive treatments followed and last summer, she was deemed cancer free. The celebration was short-lived, however, and the cancer returned to her spine last November.

Sam was in the news earlier this year when parents at her school, Gibson Elementary, organized a formal prom night for Sam and all her friends – complete with gowns and a limousine.

Sam was 11 years old when she died July 31.

A celebration of life is planned in Tsawwassen on Saturday (Aug. 6). Check http://letshelpsam.blogspot.com/ for further information.

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