NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – Members of SamNation will invade West End Creamery in Northbridge on Wednesday, raising money for a scholarship fund honoring Samantha Prescott.
It’s been nearly a year since the cancer death of Samantha, the 15-year-old daughter of Michael and Joyce Prescott. She was a soccer standout for the Northbridge High School girl’s varsity soccer team and the Stars Traveling Soccer Team.
Sam’s friends, who formed SamNation after she was diagnosed with an aggressive malignant brain tumor in April 2011, are remembering her through the Sam Prescott Memorial Scholarship.
“I was always impressed with Sam’s friends, even before her illness,” said Michael Prescott, touched and pleased by the efforts that continue to honor his daughter.
A major fundraiser for the scholarship will be held Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. It will include 18 holes of mini-golf at West End Creamery and a Super Sammy Slammer Sundae Eating Contest at 7:30 p.m.
Sam’s friends have been doing many things in her name, Prescott said, including a penny-collection contest among high school classes and a comedy night planned for December.
Maura Burns, a Northbridge junior who played soccer with Sam, took the idea of the mini-golf tournament and ran with it, Prescott said.
Sam’s death was difficult for her friends, Prescott said. “At the age she was, to pass away, that’s a big one for teens. She was a good kid; she was a good athlete; it made them ask the question, ‘Why her?’ We asked it, too,’’ he said.
A memorial bench is also planned at the high school’s soccer fields. Some of Sam’s friends are volunteering for a week in her name at Give Kids The World, a Make a Wish all-inclusive getaway – a trip that Sam enjoyed before her death.
The $15 entry fee includes a medium ice cream and a chance to win prizes such as sports memorabilia and Pandora bracelets. The rain date is Sept. 27.