Samantha Loos-Polk and the rest of her story
Some past attendees of the Rotary Lombardi Award (February 11, 2017 this year) will remember meeting Samantha and hearing her story. Several of our members recently hears "the rest of the story" which is filled with amazing inspiration from this dynamic Houstonian.
Samantha Loos-Polk is a Registered Nurse at Texas Children’s Hospital Hematology and Oncology Unit. Samantha earned a Bachelor’s in Science of Nursing from the University of St. Thomas Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing. Samantha became inspired to pursue a career in Nursing after being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 13. Samantha not only had cancer, but a rare fungal infection that caused harmful effects to her well-being. She was hospitalized for a total of nine months at Texas Children’s Hospital. Samantha has defeated her disease and is now a five year cancer survivor.
Throughout her college education, she hoped to become a pediatric oncology nurse at Texas Children’s Hospital, where she won her battle. Samantha believes that her education is her top priority, which has helped her succeed, and due to her hard efforts, she has not only become a member of the UST Honor Society of Nursing Sigma Theta Tau, but also the Co-Secretary. Samantha tries to be involved within the community. During her college education she was a Community Assistant for the Residence Halls, an Orientation Leader, and was the Nursing Student Association President. Samantha is also a second degree Black Belt in Tae-Kwon-Do and has competed nationally representing Texas.