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Molly's Kids: Sept. 22- Sam Rosebrock

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Sam Rosebrock has scans exactly one week from this morning. If they come back clear, he’ll be one-year cancer free without treatment.

“51 weeks down, one to go!” says mom Denielle Rosebrock. “In his six years of life he has endured more than most adults. But as of right now, and I hope next week’s scans don’t change this, he is a happy first grader enjoying being a kid. He’s finally getting more energy.”

This is a good story. A few years ago, when we first met Sam, we weren’t sure it would be.

“As a parent I searched for tales of success to get me through tough times,” Denielle says. “As of today I am blessed to say my son is one of the ‘lucky kids’ with cancer.”

Sam is from Morganton. He was diagnosed December 28, 2012 with neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is a despised childhood cancer with a mere 40% chance of survival. Sam’s was Stage IV.

Sam started treatments. He went into remission. He relapsed in 2014, and achieved remission a second time through a clinical trial at Levine Children’s Hospital.

Last year he was in Louisville, Kentucky as part of a clinical vaccine trial where his cells were harvested and genetically modified along with him having four months of low-dose chemo. The goal was a more permanent “cure”. It was a very new-age trial treatment.

So far, it’s working.

Next week will hopefully continue show, it’s working.

But before he can even think about next week, Sam will be out at The Isabella Santos Foundation annual 5k on Saturday. The fundraiser helps fund drug trials specifically for neuroblastoma. Yes, the same cancer Sam is currently beating is the exact type that killed Isabella.

This will be the Rosebrock’s family fourth year running. I’ll be out there too, with a #MollysKids/ISF tent. I can’t wait. I Can’t Wait. I CAN’T WAIT.

We have quite a project planned for anyone who stops by. CLICK HERE to register.

“Our family’s biggest goal is to continue to raise funds for research and to fund trials,” Denielle said. “That is a full time job in itself.”

Keep going, Denielle. As we know by now, ACTION is what matters.

Follow Sam through Facebook at Hope for Sam.

See you Saturday, Sam.

-Molly

P.s. – Denielle sent a picture of Sam and his brother Isaiah just the other day saying, “I’d love to include this one because cancer doesn’t just affect the person with it, it is a family fight. Isaiah and Sam are best friends and he has been by his side through it all.”

**Editor's note: This is about one of #MollysKids in the month of September, children WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. This article was first published there – maybe you'll be able to tell that in the personal way it's written. For years Molly has followed the stories of dozens of kids with uphill medical battles. During Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, she features one a day.  Thirty total. Find this story (and updates on all of #MollysKids) here.

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