KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
October 12, 2021
By Natalie Cook Clark
The surrounding community continues to rally around and support Katy resident, 20-year-old Kamryn Sanamo as she fights brain cancer. A community benefit is scheduled for this weekend at the MKT Distillery.
Kamryn Sanamo. Photo courtesy Dusty Sanamo.
From Katy High to Rice University
Kamryn Sanamo graduated from Katy High School in 2019 with a 4.7458 GPA and third in the class. She was accepted on a full ride to Rice University and earned the prestigious Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP,) which means she is guaranteed acceptance into any Texas medical school.
Her studies are now on hold while she is fighting an inoperable cancerous brain tumor. She is grateful for Katy’s support.
Grateful for Katy Support
“My family and I never could have anticipated the love and support we have received from day one,” says Kamryn Sanamo. “Katy has ensured I know I am not fighting alone.”
“People that know Kamryn know she has not been dealt the best hand in life; however, she has always been the most determined, motivated and focused individual I know,” says her mom, Dusty Sanamo. “Those attributes remain the same, even after a brain cancer diagnosis at only 20 years old.”
Anyone who meets her remarks on her positive outlook and see how it drives her to help others.
“Kamryn is a blessing to not only everyone who is lucky enough to meet her but also the world,” says friend and fellow Katy High School 2019 graduate Ty Hymel. “Her unmatched desire to help others is my favorite thing about her.”
Benefit Event this Sunday
The Katy community supports Kamryn through this journey. Various groups have held benefits for her. This Sunday, October 17 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. the community will gather at MKT Distillery (5373 1st Street) for a fun family event benefitting Kamryn.
There will be a live auction, bake sale, music, Sno-Cones, bounce houses, and more. Attendees who want a Bayou Boys Lunch Plate, need to preorder in advance.
Can't make it to the event? Make a donation or contribute to the auction in the above link.
Inspired through her own Experiences
Kamryn was inspired to go into medicine from her own medical experiences and interactions with physicians.
“I decided to become a doctor because of the amazing doctors I’ve crossed paths with,” says Kamryn. She had a fasciotomy surgical procedure when she was in 7th grade. Kamryn had a 9mm hole in the facia of her right shin, believed to be a birth defect.
“I have also had 2 lumpectomies due to fibroadenomas and an appendectomy due to a ruptured appendix,” says Kamryn. “All of these operations occurred before the age of 18. The way my doctors cared for me during these encounters have inspired me to one day give back to pediatric patients myself.”