After sinking his first shot, Sam Dindoffer was getting ready for his free throw routine: two bounces, a spin and then shoot. Sam was in eighth grade at the time, playing in his basketball league’s championship game. Every point was important. Before he could complete his pre-free throw routine, however, Sam had a bad feeling. Something wasn’t right, but he still needed to make the shot.
In fifth grade, Sam had been diagnosed with a brain tumor, the first sign of which came in the form of seizures. He had surgery to remove the tumor, which was not cancerous. “We thought that was going to be the end of it,” said DeLynn Dindoffer, Sam’s mother.
Unfortunately, three months later, the seizures returned and Sam was diagnosed with epilepsy. He was put on medication to combat the seizures, which was effective but made him lethargic. “School was hard and basketball was hard,” he said. “Everything I did was really slow. I didn’t get to play that much, and that was really difficult.”