To All of Sam’s Readers and Friends,
I met Sam Taliaferro 10 years ago when he was first starting to create the dream that became Valle Escondido. Over the past six years, Sam has been my colleague, my business partner, my mentor but most importantly my friend.
If you’re reading this blog in Boquete, it’s more than likely that you’re here because of what Sam created. Sam is almost singularly responsible for turning this small, mountain community into the place that so many people call home. If you’re reading this blog somewhere else, it’s probably because you’ve come to know Sam as a source of unbiased news and intelligent, no-holds-barred commentary. As long as I’ve known Sam, he has never been afraid to give me the straight, unvarnished truth – as painful or as joyful as that truth may be.
With that in mind, I’m 100% sure that Sam would want his friends and readers to know the truth about his health. He has never been shy to tell people about his battle with cancer and the steps he was taking to win that battle. Sam is the most focused and clear minded person I have ever met and he approached his illness with as much intensity and thought as he approached everything in life.
On Sunday, February 6th, Sam was experiencing some difficulties with his health and he visited his doctor on Monday. He returned home convinced that he could overcome this latest set back as he had other incidents in the past. Unfortunately, his condition worsened and late Monday night he was rushed to Hospital Chiriqui in David and was admitted into the intensive care ward. He is still in intensive care and is fighting a series of infections throughout his body.
Make no mistake; Sam’s condition is extremely grave. I can say that he is receiving the best care possible, that he is not in pain and that he is fighting this battle as best he can. At this point, the best thing Sam’s friends and readers can do is to pray for him, keep him in your thoughts and send as many positive thoughts and feelings his way as possible.
Sam’s circle of friends, business associates and readers is in the many thousands and covers a wide area. At the instructions of his family, I will update his blog with any news concerning his condition.
Please keep Sam and his family in your prayers.