Team Camy fighting Leukemia (AML)

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Raised by 332 people in 30 months
Arrangement details at:    bit.ly/TeamCamy

Join us to support Camy Smith as she begins her fight against  AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia).

There are lots of different types and subsets of cancer. Camy has received a confirmed diagnosis for AML. Don't bother googling it or looking up stats. Cancer sucks PERIOD.  She has an incredible medical team that is working hard to give her the absolute best care, advice and treatment. It was detected very early and she is a strong fighter.  

Matt and Jenny will obviously need to take a lot of time off of work (some of that will be covered by FMLA - but a lot of it will not).  The money raised here will be used to cover the family's portion of the medical care costs that insurance is not covering and will help alleviate the financial stress brought about by this new situation.  

How can you help?
It took quite a bit of discussion (and the first of what will be many medical bills) to get permission from Matt & Jenny to share this story and ask for help.  While they are very private, it takes a village to raise strong and healthy children.  Thank you for being part of the Smith Family village

Prayers - The family's faith is strong and daily they are reminded  to "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him". - Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV  Please fill those prayers and thoughts with hope and love, not despair or sorrow.  This family is a blessed family - these circumstances do not change that.

Please send her cards - especially cards with pictures if you can.  Pictures of you and your family, pictures you might have of you and her, or just a picture of you with a smile of your face.  Camy loves vivid colors (except orange).  Please keep in mind she is a teenager and doesn't need sadness, pity, etc.  Cancer sucks, life is awesome.  Celebrate her!  

At this time, please do not send flowers. Plants and flowers can harbor fungal spores that place patients at risk for infection.

Please do not drop off food.  She is a very picky eater (always has been) and Jenny & Matt simply aren't at home with a regular schedule to have meals provided at this point.  

If you'd like to send gift cards, here are some that would be helpful and used: 
           
Gas (Safeway & Sam's Club (Walmart))
Amazon (Camy just got her own account)

All of the love and support is deeply appreciated.  Please give grace and time to the family as they navigate through their day to day. 


In this next section, I hope to answer many of the questions and concerns you might have.   
First of all, what is Leukemia exactly?  Here is a helpful video to understand it in simple terms: Leukemia  (click to watch short TED Talk).  

How did she find out?
She had a lingering cold, overall fatigue and some muscle soreness - not anything really obvious.  

Friday (4/28) Jenny called to make Camy an appointment to see her pediatrician.  Their next available appointment was in the afternoon on Monday (5/2).   The whole family was loaded up and went to the appointment so they could get some dinner and head to sports practices afterwards.

The pediatrician took one look at Camy and "knew" something was off.  Her coloring and overall look was concerning.  He took a quick prick of her finger for a blood sample and her hemoglobin level was 2 (normal is 15).  That led to six vials of blood being drawn.  

From there, things moved rather quickly.  An ambulance was called and she was rushed to UC Davis Medical Center Emergency Room.  (Why so far away?  The family physicians are part of the UC Davis network.)


In the emergency room, they needed to give her 4 liters of blood!  Her white blood count (what our bodies use to fight infection, etc.) was pretty much non-existent.  

This is the point when the questions began.  What was causing this? Anemia? Mononeucleosis? Crohn's?
 
With a strong faith and in the hands of the amazing medical professionals at UC Davis, test after test - slowly, methodically, quietly (with no big blasts on social media), the mysteries of what was going on began to be revealed.  

Remember this started Monday night - her official diagnosis didn't happen until Friday at 5:02 pm.

This family of four is now taking a new path forward. This path is new and unknown, sometimes scary, most times s-l-o-w and full of waiting.  Though they don't like asking for help, they need it.  As a bystander I've watched the strength and courage of a 15 year old girl learn and try to understand such a truly adult thing. She is fierce and fighting to keep her happy, go-lucky spirit (she was born on St. Patty's for goodness sake). But in truth -  This is heavy.  This is scary.  This is life.

What is next?
Chemotherapy starts May 7th.  Remember, that is less than a week from when everything started!  She will remain in the hospital during this phase, until the beginning of June.  

Can you visit?
This is something that will have to be decided on a day by day basis.  It is suggested that she only have one visitor at a time - two max.  Please contact Matt or Jenny (via text) and they can let you know how things are for that day. Please be patient waiting for a response.  


You might hear or see the term "BagelHater" and it is an inside joke for the TeamCamy family which you are now part of.  Camy hates using the words Cancer and Leukemia and she hates bagels.  Blood cells kinda look like bagels - so she refers to those cancerous cells as bagels.  Therefore we are all BagelHaters!  

Camy's future is so bright and we hope to help her keep that beautiful smile on her face and in her heart through this experience.


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#TeamCamy our collective heart breaks today as Camy leaves us. The Smith Family is obviously devastated and in shock. I know there are a lot of questions and kind offers to help. I'll put up some information soon on services and ways to help the amazing trio of Matt, Jenny and Landon as they cope. #BagelHaters
Camryn Marie Smith 3/17/01 - 10/21/16
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Watch me!!!!!! #TeamCamy #BagelHaters
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Thank for following Camy's journey as she kicks cancer's butt!
Camy Update 6/14/2016
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June 4, 2016 Update
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Jenny Smith
30 months ago
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Matt and I are at a loss for words. Our community, friends and family are amazing. Just your thoughts and prayers are enough. We love each and every one of you and are truly blessed to call you friends.

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Kent Smith
30 months ago
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My Grandgirl Camy is one strong woman who has a great & positive attitude. She'll bounce back quickly in order to put up with her Papa's nonsense. Grammy & I love you !!!

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Jen Jerez Pajcin
29 months ago
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Keep kicking butt Camy! Mr. and Mrs. Smith - your positivity is so inspiring! Chilton Family is thinking of Camy! ♥ Mrs. Pajcin

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Greg Smith
30 months ago
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Camy, you are an amazing young woman and whether you ,like it or not your are part of the "Smith Legacy"...I know it's scary. Jen & I love you & your family so much. As I have said, throughout the craziness ...Be Still and know that God has everything under control ! Love you girl !!

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Sonya Ferguson Wade
30 months ago
3
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We are rooting for you. You got this, Camy! ❤️❤️❤️

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Gavin Matthew Paul Robinson
30 months ago
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Hey, its Gavin. I know we arn't really freinds but, you go to the same school with the same people for 3 years and you get to know a person. Reading this broke my heart. I have known you since 6th grade and you are a amazing person. When I found out about what happend I thought that it was compleatly untrue because your just the type of person who doesn't fall down. And you still haven't fallen down, all thats happend is you have earned bragging rights. Camy go kick some butt and show that your on top Much love -Gavin

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Cindy Smith
30 months ago
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Thanks to all of you for your love, prayers and support! As part of Camy's family I am moved by the outpouring from all of you! God is good and in control and Camy is surrounded by all you angels!

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Andrew Sierra
30 months ago
2
2

Thinking of the Smith family. We love you guys. The Sierra Family

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Douglas Easton
15 months ago

Please see article "Genetic Therapy for Leukemia Advances" in New York Times, July 13, 2017 by Denise Grady. Could be helpful. In any case, may God bless you, my sister in Christ.

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23 months ago
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We are deeply sorry to hear about the death of Camy. Our hearts go out to you during your time of sorrow. The #HERSMILE nonprofit funds programs that promote empowerment and inspire people to thrive despite life’s greatest challenges and heartaches.

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Heidi Clark
24 months ago
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Gob bless your sweet family. You are prayed for by many. We pray for you to feel great comfort and gods love for your family. - the clark family

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Jeannie Yamashiro
24 months ago
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Matt, Jenny, and Landon, I am so very sorry about Camy's passing. She was a personable, polite, beautiful, and smart girl. I really enjoyed getting to know her and all of you. It was so hard to watch as the treatments didn't help and as she was deteriorating. I admire your strength and unity through the battle. I thank the Lord that she is no longer suffering and fighting but rather she is at peace in Heaven. I look forward to the day when we get to see her in Heaven. I'm praying for all of you daily, that God holds you tight and supports you until that day when you are reunited.

Jenny Smith
30 months ago
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Matt and I are at a loss for words. Our community, friends and family are amazing. Just your thoughts and prayers are enough. We love each and every one of you and are truly blessed to call you friends.

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Kent Smith
30 months ago
5
5

My Grandgirl Camy is one strong woman who has a great & positive attitude. She'll bounce back quickly in order to put up with her Papa's nonsense. Grammy & I love you !!!

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Jen Jerez Pajcin
29 months ago
3
3

Keep kicking butt Camy! Mr. and Mrs. Smith - your positivity is so inspiring! Chilton Family is thinking of Camy! ♥ Mrs. Pajcin

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Greg Smith
30 months ago
3
3

Camy, you are an amazing young woman and whether you ,like it or not your are part of the "Smith Legacy"...I know it's scary. Jen & I love you & your family so much. As I have said, throughout the craziness ...Be Still and know that God has everything under control ! Love you girl !!

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Sonya Ferguson Wade
30 months ago
3
3

We are rooting for you. You got this, Camy! ❤️❤️❤️

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Gavin Matthew Paul Robinson
30 months ago
2
2

Hey, its Gavin. I know we arn't really freinds but, you go to the same school with the same people for 3 years and you get to know a person. Reading this broke my heart. I have known you since 6th grade and you are a amazing person. When I found out about what happend I thought that it was compleatly untrue because your just the type of person who doesn't fall down. And you still haven't fallen down, all thats happend is you have earned bragging rights. Camy go kick some butt and show that your on top Much love -Gavin

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Cindy Smith
30 months ago
2
2

Thanks to all of you for your love, prayers and support! As part of Camy's family I am moved by the outpouring from all of you! God is good and in control and Camy is surrounded by all you angels!

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Andrew Sierra
30 months ago
2
2

Thinking of the Smith family. We love you guys. The Sierra Family

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