Setting the table for others

Garrett Short
Updated: March 26, 2020 06:33 PM
Created: March 26, 2020 05:30 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Rochester's Tracy Sam is doing her part in helping people through the COVID-19 crisis, leaving food and medicine on a table in her front yard for those in need.

Sam is the perfect embodiment of the phrase, "tough times don't last, tough people do." Early in life, she grew up in Cambodia during a time of war, surviving in the jungle to escape danger.


"I wanted to do this because I know what it's like to have nothing," Sam said. "My family fled the Khmer Rouge regime and we were in the jungles of Cambodia from 1975-1979. We lived in the forest surviving on plants, fruit from trees and drinking rain water."

Things didn't get any easier after coming to America. Sam had a battle with cancer in 2009 and is now in remission. Seeing how important it is to have help during a fight to stay healthy, Sam felt she needed to help out some way during this pandemic.

"The whole communtiy of Rochester was there for me when I had cancer and I feel like I want to do something back to the community to help them. So this is like paying it forward," Sam said.

After her battle with cancer, Sam has had a compromised immune system. She has been staying home as much as possible to stay healthy.

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