IN SAM’S MEMORY: Mark and Tanya Martin donate a pool each year to be auctioned to raise money for Give Me 5 For Kids.
IN SAM’S MEMORY: Mark and Tanya Martin donate a pool each year to be auctioned to raise money for Give Me 5 For Kids. John Mccutcheoncontributed

$30k Give Me Five pool gift keep Sam’s legacy alive

GIVING back to others, the Martin family has returned the favour of thousands of generous Coast residents who stood by them in their darkest days.

Mark and Tanya Martin were faced with the unimaginable when their son, Sam, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer in July 2013.

The eight-year-old Yandina boy inspired friends and strangers locally and overseas to band together and pray for a miracle.

SPECTACULAR: One of the pools donated for charity.
SPECTACULAR: One of the pools donated for charity.

The once-active Coolum State School Year 3 student spent his free time surfing, fishing or playing sports before he was diagnosed with stage three adult-type fibrosarcoma.

He fought to the very end but died in October last year.

Yandina eight-year-old Sam Martin passed away from an aggressive form of cancer in October last year. His bravery inspired thousands.
Yandina eight-year-old Sam Martin passed away from an aggressive form of cancer in October last year. His bravery inspired thousands.

Sam's journey amassed the support of both friends and strangers from the Coast and abroad. Almost 5000 people like the Facebook page "Sam's Journey" and to this day memories of the beautiful boy are posted online.

For the fourth year in a row, the Martin family has donated a pool for auction for Give Me Five For Kids.

The 2015 Narellan Pools franchisee-of-the-year winners say their donation to raise money for the children's charity means more than ever after Sam's journey.

Mark and Tanya helped raise more than $30,000 to provide medical treatment for sick children and support for their families through their donation of "Sam's pool".

The pool was auctioned on air on MixFM last Wednesday.

"The reason we got involved in the first place is that one of the core values of Give Me Five for Kids is giving back to the community, but it's even more special to us now that we've seen things and gone through things with Sam and we've seen kids go through the hospital system," Mr Martin said.

"Believe it or not, the winners of the auction also had a son called Sam, who is a radiologist."


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