Books must be NEW.
Any age children's books are accepted, but preschool aged and below are in high need.

Spanish translations of preschool books are needed.
Four easy ways to participate :
📚 Order from our Amazon Wish Lish. - Go Gold Book Drive for Sammy - 366 Book Drive for 2020
📚 Ship your donation.
Forever Got Your Six: Sammy
1300 S Watson Rd A114 PMB338, Buckeye, AZ 85326
📚 Send a donation for the purchase of books.
Amazon eGift Card can be sent to
Paypal link is Please include Book Drive in notes.
Venmo link is @KristenPuma. Please include Book Drive in notes.
📚Join Sammy's Go Gold Book Drive facebook group.
For updates on our book drives, how you can help, and to read about our adventures with books both old and new.


GOLD is the color for childhood cancer awareness. Our children are more precious than gold, and the truth is childhood cancer is not as rare as we would like to believe it to be in the United States. 1 in 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20. That means 43 children will be diagnosed today, and again tomorrow, and the next day. And by the time the month of September is over approximately 1,290 children will be diagnosed with a form of childhood cancer. And of those, 1 in 5 will not survive five years from diagnosis. 7 children die everyday from childhood cancer. So before September ends, over 200 families will join mine on the bereaved side of the childhood cancer journey. We go GOLD because those numbers need to change. Our children deserve more, they deserve better, and they deserve a chance at a full life.


Sammy loved books. We would spend hours reading with him, to him. We started the tradition long before hospital stays and hospital rooms of 3 books at bedtime. So every night he demanded his 3 books, sometimes begging for more. Once in the hospital, books became his escape into a world of imagination and adventure. He could not go to the playroom, as he was in isolation. He could not be with friends, due to hospital restrictions. He could not hold a crayon, as he lost motor functions. His fight caused a lot of things to him, he had a lot of side effects. So, books were one piece of normal for him. One thing that could not be taken from him, an escape that was always there. And we never had enough, despite our massive collection of books. We always needed more. We know that other warriors fighting could always use another book to help escape to the land of imagination. Books give the chance at a smile, despite what happens in that hospital room. And all the child has to do is listen to escape the room for just a moment to the land within the book.

Our goal is to collect and donate books to Phoenix Children’s Hospital Cancer Clinic. 60% of all children diagnosed with cancer are under 6 years old, so our focus is heavily on books for preschool and under. Phoenix Children's Hospital also does not have any learning programs specific for children under 5 years old. It was up to us, as Sammy’s parents to engage Sammy in learning during his stay, which is why books were such a huge part of his journey. We will accept children’s books for any age, but would love to focus on the preschool age group.

This year the Cancer Clinic added a Book Nook. Where each visit a child gets a token good for a visit to the book nook to pick one book. They also have a book cart that visits children who are in isolation and unable to visit the nook area. This means that they can give up to 100 books a day! The Book Nook has a high need for infant to preschool aged books, and preschool aged books in Spanish translations. Our hopeful goal is to help keep this nook stocked full of books. A week of books is 500 books. A month of books could be upwards of 2,000 books. A years worth of books is over 20,000 books!

We hope you will help us meet our goal of supplying this special area with books by donating a book (or few) today. Help us give the gift of adventure to a little cancer warrior here in Arizona.

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