Loved ones surround Sam as he fights for life
BRAVE Sam Martin is home with his pet labrador, Roxy, and surrounded by family and close friends, as people from across the world unite in the hope of a miracle.
Uncle Mark Deighton said the Yandina eight-year-old had asked to leave Nambour General Hospital and go home last Friday.
Sam is fighting the final stages of an aggressive cancer and his family is taking it "day by day".
"We are hoping for a miracle, really," Mr Deighton said.
"There is not a lot anyone else can do. The actual tumour is massive now."
Mr Deighton said it was good for Sam's mother and father, Mark and Tanya, to have their little boy home.
"They can look after him," he said.
"The nurses go there regularly to check on him.
"He is in his own room with his pictures of skateboards and surfboards."
Sam's condition has shown no sign of worsening since his return home.
"He is still fairly stable," Mr Deighton said. "But he is in bed the whole time and doesn't say a lot. He is asleep most of the time."
While Sam sleeps, people from across the globe have been lighting a candle for him at 7pm every night.
And large crowds have been climbing Mount Coolum on Sunday mornings as a sign of their love and support.
Their aim is not to raise funds for the family - who have never asked for a cent - but to send a clear message the world is not ready to say goodbye to this tough little kid.
Mr Deighton said the family had "never asked for money" and any donations would go to another cause.
"All we want is people to have Sam in their prayers and thoughts," he said. "The doctors can't do anything more."
Mr Deighton said Sam's family had been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, with people from across the world sending messages of hope to Sam.
"It has been unbelievable," he said.
People from across Australia, in New Zealand, London and the Netherlands have posted Facebook pictures of a candle being lit for Sam.
Sam was diagnosed in July last year with the aggressive adult-type stage 3 fibrosarcoma in his cheek.
Mr Deighton says Sam's journey just shows "how quickly things can turn".
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