Sammy: Hero At Age Five

New from Mary L Schmidt, ‘Sammy Hero At Age Five’ tells her son’s story of his fight with cancer, as in Mary’s ‘When Angels Fly’, but this time from Sammy’s point of view. Available now.

About the book:

“Kids can get hungry sometimes while on chemo,” says five-year-old Sammy, having a good day despite the malignant tumor invading his brain. Based on true events from the 1980s, Sammy’s story is imagined by his mother and brother as if the young boy might tell it himself. The result is gripping. Told in two parts, Sammy’s account first invites us into the everyday middle-American lives of a mom and her two boys. Sammy is a sweet, good-hearted kid, even as he faces the most difficult challenges in Part 2: “Cancer Arrived.” Here Sammy talks us through hospital trips and procedures, the hardest parts as well as moments of simple joy. It is not always possible to survive such a grim diagnosis, so Sammy and his family must embrace the smaller victories from one day to the next. Finally, our young hero is given one last opportunity to find his own unique path toward triumph. Listen closely as Sammy tells us all what matters most.

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Early Reviews:

“Written from the point of view of a five year old little boy… both funny and sad are moments that all children fighting cancer, their siblings, and their parents should read. The antics of Sam and his big brother, Gene, are funny and scary at times, but they are real—real-life events and situations. A must read!”

“All children who suffer from cancer and their families could benefit from, and relate to, this short story. Highly recommended and five stars all the way.”

“…will keep you captivated right along with Sammy as he unfolds his story about a horrific battle with cancer.”

“Sammy was a feisty little thing with a huge heart and desire to achieve his goals, and his relationship with Jesus was incredible for someone so little.”

“I highly recommend this book to families facing such trials. I know they would gather courage and inspiration along with an appreciation of life on earth and what awaits them in heaven with Jesus by reading Sammy’s story.”

“Sammy: Hero at Age Five is definitely an emotional roller coaster!”

“The photographs included throughout complete this five star read.”

“He was a hero since his conception.”

“Sammy: Hero at Age Five had me hooked from page one, and I found myself trying to put my own person into the shoes of a five year old boy who became a hero.”


M. Schmidt is a retired registered nurse who won many awardsin her career, a member of the Catholic Church, and has taught kindergarten Catechism. She has worked in various capacities for The American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, Cub and Boy Scouts, (son Gene is an Eagle Scout), and sponsored­ trips for high-school children’s music. She loves all forms of art, but mostly focuses on the visual arts, such as amateur photography, traditional, and graphic art as her disabilities allow. More recently, she loves to devote precious time with her grandchildren and husband Michael. Contact her at

Gene D. Donley is a member of the Catholic Church, and hashelped his Mom with The American Cancer Society and March of Dimes. He is an Eagle Scout who earned all of his badges working up the ladder through Cub and Boy Scouts.

6 Comments on “Sammy: Hero At Age Five

  1. Sounds like a terrific story., Mary. It must have been hard to write and you should be thanked for doing so. Thanks to Harmony for hosting.

  2. I know this had to be a very difficult book to write. I wish Mary all the best. Sammy must have been such a brave young soul. I love that he had such a strong relationship with Jesus at such a young age.

    • Thanks, Mae. I’m so inspired by Mary and how she has shared this difficult story.

  3. I read Death Be Not Proud (the book, not the poem) in junior high, and it stuck with me to this day. I know I can never read a memoir like this again. But it sounds like a gripping, moving, important story, and I’m intrigued by the voice. Hearing it from Sammy, I think, is crucial. And I would imagine poignant. I hope the book is wildly successful.

    Mary, I’m also a Catholic and have taught Catechism (second and eighth grades). So nice to have learned that about you in your bio.

    Thanks for hosting, Harmony. 🙂