Established in 2014


Sam McGahren, son of Shannon and David McGahren, died suddenly on July 1, 2014, at 18 years of age. Sam was the triplet sibling of Charlie and Maggie McGahren. Sam suffered significant effects of prematurity, resulting in Cerebral Palsy, debilitating migraine headaches, and many other intellectual, health and developmental issues.

Despite his disabilities, Sam participated in many activities provided to the special needs community in Davidson and Williamson counties. These programs enriched Sam’s life, as well as that of his family, and provided him access to and acceptance in the community. His family will remember Sam as a boy who loved life and who made friends with everyone he met. In his brief lifetime, Sam impacted so many people and enriched the lives of all who knew him. The Sam McGahren Memorial Fund was established to benefit children and young adults living with developmental and intellectual disabilities.