Community comes together to paddle out for Sam
WITH their toes dug in the sand and their hands held tight, the Sunshine Coast community formed a circle at Coolum beach in honour of Sam Martin.
The Coolum State School eight-year-old has captured the hearts of the community as he battles the final stages of an aggressive form of cancer
In July 2013 life for Sam changed when he was diagnosed with Stage 3 Fibrosarcoma.
After sharing Sam's story, the Coolum family quickly learnt they weren't alone through a Facebook community that's been inspired by the child's fight for life.
There are more than 5000 people following Sam's journey online, some of which light a candle each night at 7pm and share the photo on the page to show they care.
While Sam lies weak and sick in his bedroom, surrounded by dad Mark, mum Tanya and big sister Ella, the wider community continue to show their support through love and kind messages of hope for him.
Their aim is not to raise funds for the family - who have never asked for a cent - but to send a clear message the world is not ready to let this little boy go.
Yesterday many of Sam's supporters came together for a paddle out at Coolum to show strength in numbers.
One attendee named Ashton posted on the Facebook page they thought it the event was 'amazing and very emotional.'
"The paddle out and the circle and support of love for you out there in the ocean was a weird feeling and one I will remember for a very long time," they said on the support page.
And while others couldn't make it they shared their messages of support also.
Kylie Pat's said Sam had touched so many people 'far and wide.'
"You have made me realise what is truly important in life. Yours and your family's strength and courage is an inspiration. I know your family are proud of you, and seeing your dad speak to the media, you should be very proud of him. Wishing you lots of strength and healing," she posted on the support page Sam's Journey.