Support the Smith Family

On  August 18th, our lives were changed forever when my sister, Sarah Brenton Smith, was diagnosed with a rare form of Cervical Cancer.  It was not the phone call from the doctor that we were hoping for, that's for sure.

Sarah's fight with cancer is just beginning. She met with her Gynecological Oncologist and is scheduled for a PET scan on August 29th to investigate the cancer's reach/spread and is scheduled for a "radical hysterectomy" on August 30th to begin the cancer fight.

The Smith family is not new to medical challenges. Sarah's son (my darling nephew) Spencer was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2014 at just 3 years old. His fight to live is a daily battle that consumes Sarah's time, thoughts and sleep. I have seen firsthand just how all-encompassing it can be; but somehow still finds time to work and care for others as well. Sarah is an amazing caregiver and incredible mama. Their family spends thousands of dollars each month just to manage Spencer's medical care and to provide the best access to technology and quality of care for Spencer.

Now, not only will their family be facing the ongoing medical costs of Spencer's care, but they are in a fight to save Sarah as well.

Their family is now looking at thousands of dollars in out of pocket medical expenses just to begin Sarah's fight against cancer, not to mention the countless items that won't be covered by insurance along the way. 

I am blessed and comforted to know Sarah and her family are surrounded by love, both near and far, but the question I keep receiving is... "How can we help?"


There are several ways you can assist and support Sarah. First pray.  Sarah has created a blog with medical updates and specific prayer requests for her cancer battle. Follow along in her journey and continue to pray.

If you are local and can help transport Marilyn & Spencer to/from school while Sarah is recovering post-op and unable to drive, please sign up here:

If you are local and can help provide meals for the family while Sarah is recovering and Hunter is holding down the fort, please sign up here:

If you are able and feel so moved, please donate to our cause to help alleviate part of the immense financial load that is ahead for their family and some of the emotional stress that comes with a cancer diagnosis. 

We want Sarah to focus on fighting cancer. Hunter to focus on supporting Sarah and our community to support them both.

If you are reading this, I am sure you know Sarah. Either as a friend or family or through school, PTO, church camp, work and the many other causes Sarah supports. 

Sarah is so often the first to jump in, the first to say, "How can I help?", the first to send a card or a message of support, so let's flood Sarah and her wonderful family with the love and support she has shown.
There is no one like my sister. We are only fifteen months apart and didn't always get along growing up; but I have been blessed to have her as a best friend since college. She has supported me, comforted me and encouraged me every time I have needed her. With her blue hair, her spunky humor and her giant heart, she is one of a kind, and my hope and prayer is that we can help show her how much she is loved.

Thank you for supporting Sarah and our entire family as we prepare for the fight of our lives.

-Kate Muehlhaus



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Organizer and beneficiary

Kate Muelhlaus 
Indianapolis, IN
Sarah Smith 
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