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The family and friends of Susan Smith are uniting to raise money to help her battle through leukemia. Please show your much needed support!

As with any story, deciding the perfect place to begin it is often the toughest part. Sue Smith is one of those people that you often cannot help but shake your head at because she simply will not stop caring for and giving to other people, even when it takes her last dollar or last ounce of energy to do it. She is the wonderful mother of three children, the grandmother to one (with another on the way!) , and the caregiver to many. Sue has cared for many children over the years, and has therefore impacted more lives in a positive light than most of us can imagine.

Growing up with Sue as my caregiver helped make my childhood the wonderful experience that it was. When I was dropped off at Sue's every day, my parents and I knew that I would be loved and well taken care of until they could come home from work and pick my brother and sister and I up again. Sue gave everything she had to the children she cared for, we got Christmas presents, birthday presents, and even though I'm twenty-two now, I still get a "Susie cake" each year on my birthday!

As cruel as fate can be sometimes, Sue was diagnosed several months ago with AML, or acute myeloid leukemia. This was the exact same type of cancer that her beloved husband of over twenty years died of seven years prior to her diagnosis. Being the incredibly strong woman that she is, she faced the diagnosis head on and began intense rounds of chemotherapy to kill the blast cells. However, after further testing, we found out that she has a subtype of AML that can only be cured through a bone marrow transplant. After the first round of chemo, the doctors found that the therapy did not kill enough cells to move forward with a transplant.

So, her daughter Lindsey found a clinical trial for Sue to receive a new, experimental type of chemo. After this second round with the new drug, Sue was told that she needed to have the leukemic cells under 5% to move forward with her transplant. Her biopsy showed exactly 5%, so the doctors would not be able to perform the transplant. Now she is battling infections as she awaits her next steps.

Life is full of moments.

Most people think that life is just a series of events that make time go by far too fast for most people to enjoy what's happening around them. But for those of us who are able to understand the significance of those events which shape our lives and mold our thoughts, life consists of moments...

Moments that cause us to rethink everything we have ever known,

Moments that cause our brows to wrinkle, make us wonder what could have gone wrong,

Moments in which we cannot help but be certain that nothing will ever again be the same,

Moments in which we lift our faces toward the sky and ask ourselves how we plan to get up in the morning,

Moments in which we put all our separate moments together to equal the love we feel when that one moment arrives, the moment we recognize that the key to life is love as much as we are capable.

And finally the moments when we look at ourselves in the mirror and know that we can do more to help others.
You can live a hundred years without really living for a minute.

Cherish the moments you have with the ones you love, because at the end of the day...they're all you have.

Make each moment count, help us give back to the woman who gives everybody else her all.

If you prefer to write a check rather than donate online, please feel free to make it out to Sue Smith and send it to the fundraising director at:

W329 S8227 Memory Lane
Mukwonago, WI 53149
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