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Sam Santhuff’s mother, Cassie Santhuff, places Sam’s 13-and-a-half foot long strand of beads around his neck Friday at St. Louis Children’s Hospital among family and friends. The beads carry different meanings, each representing a moment in Sam’s battle to beat cancer.

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'Super' Sam wins battle against rare cancer

Sam Santhuff stepped off the elevator and onto the ninth floor of St. Louis Children’s Hospital wearing his “Super Sam” T-shirt and shiny red cape. He walked the same steps, wearing the same outfit, many times before. But this time was different.

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