I was stunned when I found out earlier this week that Samantha Martin, the creator and Chief Executive Human behind the Amazing Acro-Cats, was diagnosed with stage 3 colo-rectal cancer.

Samantha has worked for many years to promote life-saving animal training techniques. Traveling across the country with her Amazing Acro-Cats, she encourages and supports feline fostering, rescue and adoption. Since 2009, Samantha has rescued and found homes for 216 cats, and proceeds from her shows have helped local agencies in countless towns visited by the troupe.


I first met Samantha Martin three years ago, when she came through the Washington DC area with her Amazing Acro-Cats. I had been skeptical then. I’m well aware of the controversy that surrounds circus performances, but after talking to Samantha for almost an hour and watching her with her cats, I was able to put any misgivings aside. From the moment I met Samantha, I knew that I had encountered a kindred spirit. Samantha is passionate about cats and their well-being.

Samantha is facing several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, followed by two surgical procedures to remove the tumor. And as if that wasn’t enough to deal with, Samantha broke her right foot while on tour in February. The foot can’t be repaired until after she goes through her cancer treatment.

Samantha has health insurance, which will cover the cost of treatment, but since she will be unable to work for at least six months, she won’t be able to tour. No tour, no income. Samantha is solely responsible for the health and well being of her cats, and of course she will also need to be able to cover her own living expenses.


If you can help, please consider contributing to the GoFundMe campaign she started to help cover the cattery, vet bills, her living expenses, and other necessary costs. Samantha has given so much to cats over the years, it’s time to give a little something back to this amazing champion of cats. And if you can’t donate yourself right now, please consider sharing this post or the link to Samantha’s campaign with your cat loving friends.

Lately, far too many good friends have been affected by cancer. Their lives changed from that one moment of diagnosis on in ways that those of us who are blessed with good health can’t even imagine. I am in awe of how my friends are meeting this challenge, and I look forward to the day when they’re done with treatment and can go back to their regular lives.

11 Comments on Help Samantha Martin, Acro-Cat Mom and Champion of Cats, Fight Cancer

  1. How is Samantha doing now? I did not get around to donate in March because we had numerous calamities and health problems ourselves.

    Would it still make sense to donate now? Does the cat circus still exist?

    And has Samantha tried Essiac tea? It miraculously saved 3 of our 4 cancer cats in 2013.

  2. Good day! Forgive me, sustained brain injury and can’t seem to collect my thoughts.
    Documentary- Cancer Can Be Killed. On amazon prime. Premise- your body makes the cancer, your bodies immune system can kill cancer. By Jeff Whiterman(?) their particular journey originally sent them to Germany at a fraction of the cost of standard US treatments. Hyperthermic treatments (cancer cannot survive in heat) and sugar feeds cancer, so particular nutrients are in high order. There are 2 facilities that use similar therapies here in the US one in Tempe Arizona with Colleen Huber 480-839-2800 and a center in Florida. They are both mentioned in this documentary. I have been looking into cancer research since my daughter has issues. She was told hers was in too early of a stage to do any thing (⁉️) I started out with Md Anderson to them referring me to an accredited holistic website of Dr’s, which they stirred her in right direction of sugar watching sugar intake to her alkaline levels to very informative websites on ketogenic diets that corroborated what we learned so far, as well as supplements that need to be added due to the nature of ketogenic diet. So when this documentary tied everything I have been learning together, Dr. Huber bringing out they address all stages; including 1 and 2 stages, I was so very taking a being able to breath moment. STRESS! Very bad too The Florida center was interesting in that they addressed emotional trauma as well. Learning to recognize its impact on how the human body responds especially if we are young at its hands. Ok, this prolly is all over the place, I can’t figure out how to be able to see what i’ve Written in full length format to recheck this.
    With much warmth
    Camille meints

  3. A cat loving friend & I saw her show in Chicago in 2010. Didn’t have misgivings about her treatment & mission b/c of the obvious love for her kitties & her strong adoption advocacy. Prayers & donations her way. Thank you for alerting us; do you know if the general cat community knows?

    • Thanks for donating and sharing, Cathy. Samantha’s GoFundMe has been widely shared across social media, so I think more and more people in the cat community are becoming aware.

  4. I was so sorry to hear this news. I have seen Samantha’s show several times in the past few years. She is originally from Chicago and we even saw a documentary that was done about her, showing that she’s given everything for her cats. Will definitely donate to GoFundMe.

  5. So wonderful to read all the responses….almost $40,000 in 6 days.
    That GoFundMe site is such a blessing for many people

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