Avery Jennie Bartel

Avery was born into Heaven on March 26, 2014 due to a chromosomal abnormality called Triploidy, a condition that would not allow her to live in this world.



Samuel Louis Bartel

Samuel was born August 8, 2015, 14 weeks premature, and was diagnosed with a heart condition when he was 6 weeks old. Sam passed away February 26, 2016, due to complications from his congenital heart defect.

With Love,

“With love” epitomizes SAMs and our mission. Throughout our journey with Avery and Samuel, we were treated with love from so many. During Avery and Samuel’s lives, we wanted them to be surrounded with love. After they died, through all of our pain, we were wrapped with love. And now, as we try to help families just like ours, who come after us, we hope that they can be supported with love, wrapped with love, and surrounded with love. There is a comma because this is not the end, we are always working, helping, striving to do more and do better. This is what drives us to do what we do.


SAM’s Sweet Heart Memorial Foundation

 SAM’s Sweet Heart Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to assisting families with complex medical diagnoses. SAM’s Sweet Heart is named after Alissa and Luke Bartel’s two children who passed away before the age of one with complex terminal medical diagnoses. Their legacy lives on through the foundation which provides assistance for all the difficulties that arise to families who are affected by complex medical conditions. To date, SAM’s has raised and given back over $107,000 to families locally.


Our board

Chair: Ashley Rogers, ashleyr@samssweetheart.com

President: Luke Bartel, lukeb@samssweetheart.com

Vice President: Alissa Bartel, alissab@samssweetheart.com

Secretary: Courtney Geiger, courtneyg@samssweetheart.com

Treasurer: Kyle Rogers, kyler@samssweetheart.com