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Samantha Strong


Samantha Davis, senior at Union Pines High school, died around 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 23, 2018. Early Saturday morning, during the varsity girls race, Samantha began to have a seizure at the 4k point of the 5k she was running. The course she was running, The Hare and Hound at McAlpine Park, was mostly in the woods which caused officials to take at least 45 minutes to get to her. Samantha was revived and went into cardiac arrest. If she were to have lived, she would have had extreme brain damage.

Samantha impacted so many. She was part of a band at school, she loved going on mission trips, and she was a very Christ-loving woman. Many schools appreciate and express their love and support to Samantha’s family through the hashtag, #1kforSamantha. Our cross country team, the Running Blazers, ran a 1k this past week at practice in her honor. The captain of the girls cross country team, Morgan Summey, left a comment on Instagram expressing her sadness for Samantha and her team (see below). Additionally, a GoFundMe account was set up to help pay the costs for Samantha. $2,000 was the goal amount and it has gotten donations of over $20,000. Her parents also donated her organs to benefit and save so many other people.

Let Samantha’s life mean something to you. Go out and push yourself to be better, because we know (with Samantha’s example) that anything is possible. You can get better, shorten your personal record, participate in a sport… you can do it. Also, you never know when someone is going to exit your life. Love your family and your friends, and always remember that people are here to support you. #SamanthaStrong

This article was last updated on Oct. 2, 2018.