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.
Sam Alexander of Hudson, Maine.
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Sam Alexander of Hudson, Maine.
14-year-old Sam Alexander's smile lights up the room as he prepares for a shopping spree as part of his Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine shopping spree.
14-year-old Sam Alexander's smile lights up the room as he prepares for a shopping spree as part of his Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine shopping spree.
Sam Alexander happily makes selections of video games at GameStop in Bangor as he enjoying having his shopping spree wish granted by Make-A-Wish Maine Foundation of Maine.
Sam Alexander happily makes selections of video games at GameStop in Bangor as he enjoying having his shopping spree wish granted by Make-A-Wish Maine Foundation of Maine.

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.

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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