Local golfer Sam Alexander, 15, loses battle with cancer

Posted Oct. 20, 2011, at 12:43 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 20, 2011, at 10:43 p.m.

HUDSON, Maine — Sam Alexander, a 15-year-old golfer who enjoyed playing the game despite losing a leg to cancer, has died.

Alexander, who was recognized as the state’s Junior Golfer of the Year this fall, died at Eastern Maine Medical Center on Thursday.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation had granted Alexander’s wish of a local shopping spree this fall, and he spent a day at numerous local stores at the Bangor Mall.

His day was capped off with dinner at Dysart’s Truck Stop in Hermon, where he enjoyed meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

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Alexander had lost his right leg and part of his right shoulder to osteosarcoma. Despite that, he played golf several times a week, according to past BDN stories. Alexander’s father, Joe, is also an avid golfer.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story contained an error. Sam Alexander died at Eastern Maine Medical Center on Thursday, not on Wednesday.

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