After diagnosis with a brain tumor, meningioma on right frontal lobe, in late 2015, Samaria truly realized the importance of her faith, family, and friends. She was surrounded by people who provided support – spiritual, emotional, medical advice, and physical labor if needed. As a military retiree, her affordable medical copay did not leave her torn between paying the incidentals of care and household expenses.
Through interactions with other patients at treatment facilities and social networks, she knew not all patients are in the same fortunate position. She saw the need for an organization to support others devastated by an unexpected brain tumor diagnosis. Never alone in her brain tumor journey from diagnoses through recovery, she decided she wanted to pay it forward.
Founder, President, and Vice Chairperson
Brain Tumor Survivor
Executive MBA, PMP
Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute
Deputy Director of Finance
City of Hampton
Court Appointed Special Advocate, Development Manager
City of Virginia Beach
Ganderson Law, P.C.