Sam Gauci

Sam Gauci lost his fight to Sanfilippo Syndrome on 21/08/18. He was just 12 years old. Sam is sadly missed by his mother Anne Marie, father Craig and little brother Tom.  

In March 2006, we were blessed with a beautiful baby boy, Sam. He was exactly what we thought, a little boy would be. He was walking by 11 months and running by his 1st birthday. He was reaching all his milestones, and we had no reason to suspect anything was wrong.

In October 2010, our world fell apart. Sam’s diagnosis was worse than we could have ever imagined. He had a condition called Sanfilippo Syndrome (MPSIII). Over time, Sam would lose all his skills, everything. His ability to walk, talk and even eat. There was no treatment or cure.

We cried so many tears, over what was going to happen, and also grieving the loss of the life we had always dreamed of for Sam.  It was such a devastating time for us. The first 12 months were the hardest. We read every article, asked questions of anyone who may have had an answer, and finally came to terms with the new life we had been given.

We continued to search for treatments, but also tried to live as normal a life as possible. Sam's brother, Tom, thankfully doesn’t share the same condition. They were happy little boys, who brought us much joy.