Former Brewster resident battles cancer

Samantha Himmelhaver

CASHMERE - A GoFundMe account has been set up for a former Brewster student with cancer who was displaced by the Carlton Complex fire and now lives in Cashmere.

Samantha Himmelhaver, 18, was diagnosed recently with ovarian cancer, said her mother, Judy Himmelhaver.

“Things took a turn with her health on a Monday and by that Saturday she was transported to the (University of Washington Hospital) to undergo intensive surgery, removing an ovary, appendix and subcutaneous fats surrounding other organs,” according to the GoFundMe page.

“We have been at UW hospital since Thursday,” Judy Himmelhaver said early last week. “Surgery went well.”

Samantha Himmelhaver, a senior at Cashmere High School, now will undergo chemotherapy and faces a long recovery, she said.

“She is hours away from her hometown and everything she knows, the GoFundMe page said.

“Please keep Samantha in your prayers,” her mother said.

A goal of $5,000 has been set for the GoFundMe fundraising effort. As of Nov. 11, $2,760 had been raised. Pledges came from people in the Brewster and Cashmere areas, plus other locations. The “Help Samantha battle cancer” page can be reached at

Samantha Himmelhaver attended Brewster schools from kindergarten through eighth grade. After the 2014 Carlton Complex fire destroyed the family’s Indian Dan Canyon home, the family relocated to Cashmere.

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