Welcome to Sammy’s Angels wall. This is a place where we honor and remember all TANGO2 children and adults who have passed away. We call this wall Sammy’s Angels in memory of Sammy Lopez, who gained his angel wings on October 23, 2018 at the age of 18. Sammy was a very special young man. He is at the heart of the TANGO2 story. He was the patient that inspired the discovery of TANGO2 Disease. Many TANGO2 families referred to him as a “big brother” to their children. This had very little to do with his actual age and more to do with the fact that he was very inspiring and had a huge impact on others. He was an Eagle Scout, attending college, student manager of the basketball team, and was the 12th man for his high school football team.
Sammy will be remembered for his courage, joy, thankfulness, loyalty and commitment to everything he did in life. He never let TANGO2 Disease define who he was or what he was capable of and his family were his biggest cheerleaders and advocated for him every step of the way. Sammy is in heaven now, but he will always be the “older brother” and protector to all TANGO2 Children. We will carry on his legacy and be heartened by the words he left us:
“God has a plan for us, he has a plan for everyone”
This wall is for every TANGO2 angel, whether we know their names or not. Seeing these photos and reading about these beautiful children will make sure they will always be remembered.
Please email our Family Support and Outreach Team if you would like a TANGO2 Angel added to our wall.