Aameer Sahi (1998–2019) was a legend. Ask his family, ask his friends—heck you could have even asked Aameer. He was passionate about sports, none more than basketball. There wasn’t a shot he couldn’t make, or rather, take, and he made sure to tell you about it.
Aameer was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis (NF) as a child. He had his first major surgery in November 2017 to remove a softball-size tumor, and in the summer of 2018, he had another surgery to remove a golf ball-size tumor. Following the last surgery, Aameer was in a tremendous amount of pain. Unable to walk or move, his doctors prescribed a pain management plan. The doctors were unsure what was causing the pain, so in November of 2018, Aameer and his parents insisted on an MRI. A tumor the size of a football was found and removed. Unfortunately, the results of the pathology report revealed that the tumor was malignant, and in December of 2018, Aameer was diagnosed with Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor (MPNST), a form of sarcoma. Sadly, Aameer passed away on August 12, 2019, after an eight-month battle.
Aameer lived life to the fullest. He loved unconditionally and brought laughter and light to every room he entered. He had a way of bringing out the best in anyone who was lucky enough to know him. Aameer always had time for his family and friends, whether they needed an ear to listen, a pat on the back, a joke to cheer them up, or a motivating kick in the butt.
Aameer believed in helping others. His final wishes were to find a cure for MPNST, reduce suffering, and help others as they fight life-threatening sarcomas. During his eight-month battle with cancer, Aameer started a fundraising campaign to support both NF and sarcoma research. Together with his family and friends, Aameer raised thousands of dollars.
Aameer is our inspiration and northern star as we continue his legacy—one patient and one family at a time—until we can fulfill his final wish to find a cure.
Together we are powerful. Together we can beat this disease. Together we are #SahiStrong.