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Samantha, Sam, SamiLove

What mattered most to Sam? Family, friends, loyalty, & community.

Her greatest callings in life were that of mother and educator, to which she gave of herself fully and completely.

Sam made a difference in so many lives through her kindness, empathy, inclusion, compassion and love.


She dreamed big dreams and wanted others to have the opportunity to do the same.


Sam believed in helping others in any way, any chance you get. 
This is why we started Pay It Forward with SamiLove: to honor her spirit of generosity, and to continue her legacy.

Text to Give

To donate to my Strides for CJD text STRIDES2022 to 50155. 

About Fundraising

Donations of $250 and above are considered sponsorships.

Sponsorship Levels:

  • Diamond: $10,000
  • Platinum: $5,000
  • Gold: $1,000
  • Silver: $500
  • Bronze: $250

Diamond and Platinum Sponsors will have their name or logo displayed on participant t-shirts, the Strides for CJD website, and signage. Gold Sponsors will have their name or logo displayed on the Strides for CJD website, and will have their name listed on participant T-shirts and signage. Silver and Bronze Sponsors will have their name listed on the Strides for CJD website only.

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  • Karen Robertson Karen Robertson
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  • Charlie Wheeler Charlie Wheeler

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Our Supporters

  • Strides '22 Joppa Square-Donations Last month $30.00
  • Strides '22 Joppa Cash-Donations Last month $10.00
  • Lorraine Brunn Last month $53.00
  • Lisa Brown Last month $100.00
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  • Lisa Brown Last month $100.00
  • Lorraine Brunn Last month $53.00
  • Anonymous Last month $53.00
  • Theresa Coleman October 2022 $53.00
  • Strides '22 Joppa Square-Donations Last month $30.00
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About Strides for CJD

Strides for CJD is an annual walk/run to raise awareness of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), a rare neurodegenerative disease that has no treatment or cure. Through this event, anyone -- anywhere -- can pay tribute to their loved ones and raise funds for the CJD Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Funds raised support our programs including:

  • Our 24/7 helpline, support groups, conference, and other family programs throughout the year.
  • Research grants to help scientists make important discoveries and bring us closer to a cure.
  • Medical education to help raise awareness and understanding of prion disease.