At just 13, Sam was the inspiration behind Rob’s Kids, Inc. Sam became ill after her Dad died by suicide and has been diagnosed with Depression and PTSD. She spent time in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital which is where she received the treatment that turned her life around. Sam discovered that there are children that are worse off than her. She was determined to get better so that she could help other kids like her. Sam along with her family, made Rob’s Kids, Inc. a reality. The foundation not only provides the healing that this family so needed, it provides funding to professionals that can help kids get back up again. Sam does public speaking engagements and has no fear of the stage. She is equipped with her life story that will penetrate the hearts of her audience. Sam’s goal is to save lives. She tells her story so that others who suffer silently will know that they are not alone and there is help out there for them. Sam’s desire; “I want to help kids get back up again! They are not alone. I am here and I love them.” On April 3, 2014 Sam won the prestigious award “Making A Difference” presented to her by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital – Patient Advocacy Council. Sam is a recent high school graduate of Conner High School in Hebron, Kentucky and graduated with honors for her participation in Robotics, Men and Women of Conner, Tri-M, Choir, Marching Band, Leadership League, and National Honor Society. Sam was the recipient of several scholarships including one for community involvement. She is now 18 years old and has already started her college career at Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky. Sam plans to major in Materials Engineering and to find a career in clinical research.
Stephanie is co-founder of Rob’s Kids, Inc. She has served for years in leadership roles in local organizations, BNI – Business Networking International, WBN -Women’s Business Network & SBOA – Small Business Owners Association. Because of her involvement with these and other volunteer opportunities, she was named ‘Citizen of the Year’ for 2012 by Florence Rotary. Her passion is driven by which the foundation was started. As a wife, mother and grandmother, Stephanie found an opportunity to help her family recover from an unexpected tragedy. After her son-in-law “Rob” died by suicide, her granddaughter Sam became ill and thought about taking her life too. Sam received care from mental health professionals and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Sam presented an idea to GMA – Stephanie, ”I want to help other kids like me and those who are so much worse off than me” Sam told her, and so the foundation was created. Stephanie stepped out of her comfort zone and with Sam Rob’s Kids was born. Stephanie believes that the work that the foundation has been able to do has been one of the best therapies for Sam and the family. “God has provided the vision and the power to make it become a reality” says Stephanie.