Sam. The first time I met her was when she came up to me at BJ's visitation, sobbing, still bald from her own treatments, and threw herself into my arms. We hugged and hugged, and instantly connected. I later found out that Sam was once up on the 11th floor at Levine Children's Hospital during some of the time BJ was there. She tried to sneak past the nurse's desk to come meet him, but was caught and never met my boy. That didn't diminish her love or spiritual connection to him. Sam and Carly have become close friends, and I was absolutely thrilled when I was able to write this article on one of my heroes. Carly was chosen for this issue last year, and now Sam is included in this elite group. I couldn't be more excited for her. She is truly an amazing girl. Thank you Lake Norman Woman for producing this issue each year, highlighting local young ladies who will undoubtedly become inspiring, world-changing women.