My Story. My Dad, My Hero - https://www.facebook.com/lungnevada/videos/1811352048921123/
Unfortunately, lung disease is no stranger to our family.
My grandfather was a musical legend. At least, our family believed so. He played any and every instrument from violin and guitar, to his most known specialty, the piano. Playing in a band in his prime, he spent many nights playing in smoke filled clubs. He was diagnosed with having an air pocket on one of his lungs. Surgery left him with half a lung and an awesome scar. The doctors gave him only a few years, but he surpassed their expectations by almost 30 years! Not until 5 years prior to his passing in 2010 was he put on oxygen 24 hours a day. My Grandpa was the smartest man I know and the most talented pianist. He entertained family and friends at every gathering and played the organ at church.
In 2014, lung disease made its presence known again. This time, it was affecting my father. My Dad, MGySgt Darrell Smith, was a proud retired Marine having served our country for 23 & ½ years. With small town country roots and his ever present “Retired Marine” hat, he was known as “Pops” to his children’s friends and “Gunny” to all his fellow servicemen. He loved nature and travel and enjoyed spending time with his 3 children and 2 grandsons. He was thrilled to know his 1st granddaughter was on her way. My father began to have symptoms November 2014. In January 2015, my Dad, my hero, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung cancer. He fought his battle like a true soldier, but on February 26th, 2015, at only 64 years of age, he was promoted to the highest rank of an Angel.
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"I'll keep a part of you with me...and everywhere I am There You'll Be" -Faith Hill
My goal is not only to raise funds, but to also spread awareness. Early detection can help save lives! Take the pre-screen test to see if you or your loved one are of high risk for lung disease. Take the pre-screen test. http://lungcancerscreeningsaveslives.org/
I've decided to make every step count by joining in the American Lung Association's Fight For Air Climb to raise funds for healthy lungs and clean air.
The funds I raise will help provide patient education, support research and advocacy efforts that will improve the lives of everyone living with lung disease including COPD, lung cancer and asthma.
Every dollar raised moves us forward in our fight for healthy lungs and clean air - help me get a step closer to my fundraising goal by donating today!
I’m climbing for hope because they’re fighting for breath. Donate today, and together we can make Every Step Count!