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Community Foundation to remember boy with fund

December 21, 2018 GMT

SYCAMORE – The DeKalb County Community Foundation announced a fund that was created to keep the memory of a DeKalb boy with special needs alive.

The Lil’ Sam Joy Fund was created in memory of Samuel P. Baker II, who was born June 12, 2001, and was diagnosed with Down syndrome two years later. He died unexpectedly in May 2016, and his parents, Samuel and Karen Baker, created the Lil’ Sam Joy Fund to inspire and help others with special needs.

Early on, the Bakers thought of relocating to a bigger city that could possibly offer “better” services for their son, but ultimately made the decision to stay in DeKalb after extensive research and assistance, according to a news release.

They joined with other special needs families in the area and were afforded the opportunity to interact with a broad spectrum of resources.

Donations to any fund at the Foundation, including the Lil’ Sam Joy Fund, can be made online at dekalbccf.org/donate or by mail to the DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, IL 60178.

For information, call Executive Director Dan Templin at 815-748-5383 or email dan@dekalbccf.org.