Follow Daryl “Sammy” Sampaga’s quest to raise awareness about Muscular Dystrophy
Mahalo to HSTA Big Island chapters and schools for supporting Daryl on his journey! Special thanks to the teachers from Hookena and Ke Kula O Ehunuikaimalino for coordinating support and activities.
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SUPPORT and FOLLOW Daryl “Sammy” Sampaga on his Journey!
Hilo native Daryl “Sammy” Sampaga has been living with Muscular Dystrophy since birth. He started his
own foundation Operation Sammy Muscular Dystrophy (OSMD) Hawaii and is working with people in the
community to help raise awareness about Muscular Dystrophy to support children who live and battle with
this disease. Muscular Dystrophy, a group of diseases that attacks muscles making mobility difficult, is
hereditary. Sammy’s mother is stricken. So are Sammy and his daughter. His journey to make a difference
started after his daughter was diagnosed with the disease.
His passion for paddling, children and raising awareness about Muscular Dystrophy has given him the
courage to conquer Hawaii Island by foot by walking the perimeter of the island. It’s a challenging task for
a man whose legs have been significantly affected by the muscular disease. “I’m not finishing the island
for me. I’m going to face the island for the keiki,” he said. “This is my calling.” Together we can help
more children and their families “Block Out Muscle Disease, Pursue Happiness”.
“Operation Walk For Dreams” began on January 14th at the “ALOHA” sign by Nani Mau Gardens in Hilo
walking towards Ka’u. Money raised from the walk will go toward the purchase of two Hawaiian canoes
Sampaga will use to teach and allow disabled handicapped keiki the opportunity to ride in canoes out on
the ocean and to learn how to paddle. He has no timetable on when he’ll finish. He knows where. It will
be at the King Kamehameha statue in Hilo.
The slogan of OSMD is “Block Out Muscle Disease, Pursue Happiness,” which speaks to his overall attitude
about living with a handicap.
So with a mission in mind, Sampaga reached out to local community members, friends and family, and
even Mayor Billy Kenoi to help him accomplish the walk.
Links to follow Daryl “Sammy” Sampaga’s Journey:
News article from West Hawaii Today prior to his journey: