Smiles 4 Sammy benefits fragile babies

Austin (KXAN) – Two Vista Ridge High School students are on a mission to help families with medically fragile children.

Smiles 4 Sammy is a non-profit founded by Kristen Chen and Shruti Veeramachineni after the death of one of their coach’s babies. The girls chose to channel their grief into supporting other suffering families.

They bring photographers to the family’s home to help them have some memories of children that have little chance of survival.

They also provide food and financial counseling to these families that are reeling from the shock and burden of critical illness. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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