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Lizzie Smith, a senior at Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School, knows what it is like to see a loved one suffer through cancer treatment. Her mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when Lizzie was just 12 years old.

She also knows how lonely one can feel as they go through the treatment process. That’s why she decided to step-up and help others who were going through the same painful process.

On Sept. 12, Smith held a day-long Cancer Patient Retreat. Throughout the day, patients were able to make blankets, go on a nature walk, or participate in a number of other activities. There were also speakers who came in and talked to families, including a nutritionist and yoga instructor.

In all, 25 patients attended the event with family members. There were also a number of volunteers who donated their time, include the Ohio Northern softball team.

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Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School senior Lizzie Smith (bottom row, center) planned a retreat for cancer patients and their families. In addition to helping
cancer patients, she was also able to get a number of volunteers to help with the event, including the Ohio Northern University softball team, whom she is
pictured with. (Photo courtesy Smith family)

“After going through the cancer journey with my mom I decided I wanted to help others going through the same process,” said Smith.


How it began
Five years ago, when Smith was just 12 years old, her mother, Amy, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. It was a rough journey for Amy, but it was also difficult for Lizzie. She felt like there was no one out there for her to talk to.

“I kind of felt like I couldn’t talk to my friends because we were only 12, and adults were more geared toward talking to my mother, so I felt like it wasn’t an option for me to talk to them,” said Smith.

After standing by her mother for a year, Smith decided to get involved with Cancer Connection of Northwest Ohio. She started the junior board, and made it her first responsibility to contact cancer patients and let them know that she was there to listen to them and their children. It was a great first step, but she quickly realized she wanted to do more to help. So she became the chairperson for a bowling event.

Despite being just 13 at the time, Smith didn’t let her age hold her back. She contacted local establishments and individuals to donate items to be raffled off to raise funds for the patients. She also wanted the patients and their families to have an enjoyable time – something that can be hard to come by when you’re going through cancer.

“I wanted to bring together the kids I had been talking to for a fun event,” said Smith. “They already had enough going on in their life that made them sad, so I wanted to give them something to enjoy.”


What’s next?
While she has taken the reigns for planning the annual bowling event and has started a retreat for patients, Smith has no plans of slowing down.

Next, Smith would like to chair the annual 5K race that Cancer Connection hosts. In addition, she would like to begin another event in the summer. This way, there is an event during every season of the year.

And her overall goal is a simple one: to have a positive impact on people’s live.

“Every person is some way, somehow affected by cancer. I feel like some people don’t want to talk about it, they just bottle it in. To me, it was the worst feeling in the world,” said Smith. “I want other people to know that it is okay to talk about it and open up about it.”

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Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School senior Lizzie Smith (bottom row, center) planned a retreat for cancer patients and their families. In addition to helping cancer patients, she was also able to get a number of volunteers to help with the event, including the Ohio Northern University softball team, whom she is pictured with. (Photo courtesy Smith family)

 

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