5-Year-Old’s Cancer Death Pushes Parents to Break A World Record

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March 16, 2018

5-Year-Old Sam Lee loved nothing more than getting the chance to play like a normal kid. His fight with cancer had all but immobilized him, leaving him no way to get up and walk around to play. Sam loved building toys, but the popular Lego toys were much too hard, Lincoln Logs were quickly one of his all-time favorite toys.

After Sam’s passing, his parents, Erin and Michael, tried to find ways to stay connected to him. A friend suggested they give a Lincoln Log build a try, and so that they did. People all around the country mailed them lincoln logs, a total of 30,000 used and new logs to use for their build. They then decided to build a Lincoln Log structure so big that it would break the Guinness World Record to honor Sam on the second anniversary of his passing.

Over two days and 24 hours, a team used 17,504 Lincoln Logs to create the record-breaking fort. The team was run by Novus Architects, through And With Purpose, an organization seeking to advance treatments for childhood cancer, they were able to beat the record. They beat the previous record of 17,384 logs easily. In order to help raise money, you can sponsor a log for $10, and you will receive one of the 17,000 logs used to build the fort.