Sam’s Hope Foundation of Montana

We Help Young Cancer Patients & Others in Need

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Rolland “Sam” Kolve 1995 – 2011

Rolland “Sam” Kolve was 15 years old when he was playing football. He was tackled and fell to the ground. His spine began to ache and continued to get worse. He slowly began to lose his ability to walk. After several doctor visits, a CAT scan revealed that he had cancer on his spine. The hospital confirmed this and he was immediately flown from Great Falls to Denver Children’s Hospital to begin treatment.

Sam was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer known as Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma and only a 15% chance of survival. After two years of chemotherapy, radiation, and tests, Sam lost his valiant fight. To keep Sam’s memory alive, his parents, who now live in Lincoln, Montana, organized the Sam’s Hope Foundation and began raising money to help other families who have children fighting cancer in the hopes that someday there will be no more children who have to face cancer and that a cure can be found.

The Sam’s Hope Foundation provides financial assistance to families who have a child with cancer by helping the family with any cancer related expense they may be facing during their fight to win.


The Sam’s Hope Foundation was established in 2012 in memory of Rolland “Sam” Kolve.

The funds raised go to help families that are currently battling childhood cancer and childhood illness with any expenses that may incur, also those in need residing in the Lincoln Community. We also give a yearly scholarship to a graduating member of the senior class in Great Falls, MT and Lincoln, MT.
We have also established the Sam’s Hope Foundation Award which is given yearly to a 6th, 7th, and 8th grader who has improved scholastically and helped with community events.

Upcoming Events


Join Us for the Second Annual Sam’s Hope Foundation Benefit Chainsaw Carving Competition in Lincoln, MT!
Date: July 18th – 21st
Location: Outside Lambkins Restaurant, Lincoln, MT
We are thrilled to invite you to the second Sam’s Hope Foundation Benefit Chainsaw Carving Competition! This exciting event is not just a showcase of incredible talent and artistry but also a heartfelt effort to support the Sam Hope Foundation. Since 2012, Sam’s parents have been tirelessly raising funds through donations, raffles, car shows, and various events to aid families battling childhood cancer and other illnesses.
Sam’s Hope Foundation Highlights:
Over $50K has been gifted to families, the elderly, and those in need.
Annual scholarships for graduating seniors from Great Falls and Lincoln High Schools.
New annual awards for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders excelling in academics and community service.
Event Schedule:
Chainsaw Carving Exhibition: July 18th – 21st
Auction Times:
Saturday: 7:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 PM
Come witness master carvers in action outside Lambkins Restaurant in Lincoln, MT. Come bid on their stunning creations and support a cause that makes a real difference in our community.
Let’s make this event unforgettable and continue the legacy of giving and hope inspired by Sam’s memory. See you there in Lincoln, MT!
BYOC = Bring Your Own Camper & Chairs

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