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She said Sammy was more upset about missing the last two band concerts of the year than missing his high school graduation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A few times Sammy actually had to lay down during Friday night football games because he was so exhausted, Sue said.
She said the extra practices during band competitions were especially hard on him.
"He'd come back from school after practice and go straight to bed and not even eat dinner," Sue said.
As much as Sammy likes band, he's not pursing it in college. He wants to study game design.
"I've always had a creative mind, and I've always liked gaming,, so I would make a bunch of mini games inside an actual game," Sammy said. "Anything with computers I did well."
He's attending Joliet Junior College this fall so he's close to home should a donor become available. The biggest stress right now, Sue feels, is finding that donor.
"Unfortunately, he has type O blood," Sue said. "Type O is the universal giver, but type O can only receive from other type O people. My daughter got tested; unfortunately, she can't donate. I'm type O but because of high blood pressure, they won't test me further."