Our Mission Long Live the Little Ones is a non-profit, inspirational book raising awareness through the eyes and dreams of children facing critical illnesses such as Autoimmune Diseases, Pediatric Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis, and Heart transplants.
Inspiration In New York City around Christmas Eve 2013, I was enjoying dinner with my grandparents. I noticed a young boy about eight years old at a different table enjoying dinner with his family. He began to talk to me, and found himself asking questions. The first question was "have you ever had surgery?". Shocked by the question, I immediately said well yes I actually have . He then began to tell me that he had stage 3 brain cancer. We continued to talk about how excited he was due to the fact that they were able to remove all of the tumors and were about to remove his ports. As the dinners continued, we were both more interested in talking than actually eating. I was amazed at how inspiring and happy he was. His resilience and strength can still be felt to this day. We went on talking, I learned so much about what he has been through and he has remained my hero and inspiration. His family left and I didn't even get his name or number. I had no way to hear from him again. I don’t know how well the port removal went. After several failed attempts to connect again with him, I’ve never heard back. Ever since then I have been working on a way to show him how much he changed me as a person. He showed me that no matter how much I think I am suffering, there is always a bright side. I learned through talking with him that it is up to me to see it or not. The young boy was not sad about what was happening, he was not sad for the reasons he was there. His decision to chose happiness was infectious. He has to this day inspired me to create this book. My hope is one day he or his family read it and see the way they changed my life.
About the Author Samantha Hasen currently attends Georgia institute of technology and is pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering. Samantha volunteers all around her community, and she has a real passion for helping the people around her. Samantha has done research at Emory University about the longevity of pediatric heart transplants.