Friday, May 10, 2013

Family celebrates mom after Mother's Day stroke

Free event to honor ‘Mama C,’ Catherine Samway

Express Staff Writer

Catherine Samway enjoys a fall day in the Wood River Valley, where she’s given life to and raised three children and has lived for about 30 years. Samway’s family is hosting a CrossFit workout on Saturday in honor of the year-long journey of recovery Samway has tenaciously pursued after suffering a stroke last Mother’s Day.
Courtesy photo by Courtney Samway

    A year after a traumatic Mother’s Day for the Samway family, longtime Wood River Valley residents, the family is hosting a free CrossFit workout on Saturday, May 11, in honor of Catherine Samway’s first year of recovery from a severe stroke.
    The event will take place at Boulder Mountain CrossFit, which is owned and operated by the family, at 810 S. Main St. in Hailey, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The workout will begin at 9 a.m., followed by an after-party from 10 a.m. to noon. Courtney Samway, Catherine Samway’s daughter and a coach at Boulder Mountain CrossFit, said Catherine Samway, or “Mama C” as she is more often called, will be in attendance.
    “Catherine is truly a woman worth celebrating!” a news release states. “Join us in honor of her incredible achievements and continued journey on the road of recovery.”
    Courtney Samway, 30, said that before the incident on Mother’s Day 2012, Mama C, 62, was a “strong, healthy and independent” woman who worked as a full time lab technician at St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center.
    “Perhaps it was her strong will and big heart that allowed her to become a very fortunate stroke survivor last year,” she said “She impressed the doctors with her unexplainable skills and abilities from the very beginning of this event.”
    Courtney Samway said Mama C began her recovery at Elks Rehab Hospital in Boise, where she “worked hard” for several months to regain motor control of the right side of her body and her ability to communicate.
    “During this time, her family never left her side, taking rotations living in Boise and keeping her company at Elks, as well as participating in and learning how to perform all of her therapies,” she said.
    Courtney said that Mama C’s support team included herself; her two brothers, Kyl, 33, and Colin, 29, and their wives; and Mama C’s three sisters, Teresa, Debbie and Monica—who took turns flying from Texas to spend time with her.
    “We were able to do this thanks to the generosity of a local Ketchum family, whom we’ve never even met, [who allowed] us to stay at their townhouse in Boise,” she said.
    According to Courtney, Mama C continues to “perform miracles” in her recovery process.
    “She has all but eliminated her wheelchair, continues to work hard at regaining use of her right arm, and her ability to speak, write and read have greatly improved,” she said.
    Courtney said Mama C currently lives with her children in Ketchum during the summer and with her family in Texas during the winter. According to Courtney, Mama C has lived in the valley for about 30 years, where all three of her children were born and raised.    

Help ‘Mama C’
People interested in donating to Catherine Samway’s recovery fund should send an email to The family is thankful for all the support the community has provided over the past year.

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