James Smith, a young husband, father and social worker in Tallahassee, Florida, is facing leukemia with faith, optimism and strength. He is currently undergoing treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, and this page was created to collect money to help his family with travel costs and other needs that arise.
James and his wife Kimberly live in Northwest Tallahassee with their three young children, Izzy, Shane and Heidi. Since James announced his diagnosis on May 24, friends and family have come forward to support him and his family in many ways. This page was created so that others could show their support and hopefully lift the burden on this precious family.
James and Kimberly are much loved in our community. James serves as Director of Hotline Programs for 2-1-1 Big Bend. Previously, he worked as Clinical Director at Alzheimer’s Project Inc. He is a triathlete, passionate Seminole and devoted husband and dad.
Kimberly has worked in public relations and teaching in Tallahassee. She taught at Trinity Catholic School for several years and now works as a reading teacher and freelancer writer. Kimberly is a beautiful person inside and out. She is an amazing mom and wife who works hard to take care of everyone around her!
The Smiths are parishioners at Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More.
Below are James’ Facebook posts about his diagnosis. He’s determined to give cancer a “beating” and to come back “stronger than ever.”
Please consider supporting James and his family. They have shown kindness and compassion to so many people. Now is our opportunity to do the same for them.
From James on May 26
I want to again express my sincere appreciation to everyone who has reached and shared prayers, messages of support and good vibes. Each comment, like, etc. has been a lift for me my spirit and determination.
The good news is I have been accepted for in-patient treatment at Moffitt, still waiting on a bed (which could happen any moment)!
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The LORD is my life's refuge, of whom should I be afriad? When evildoers come at me to devour my flesh, these my enemies and foes themselves stumble and fall. Psalm 27 1-2
Get ready cancer, you’re about to take a beating!
I know cryptic messages cause more concern and worry. Here's a bit more on what’s been going on.
About a week ago I started feeling tired, nauseous and out of sorts. I went to the doctor yesterday hoping to figure out what's going on. They ran some blood tests and called this morning because they were abnormal. I’ve been at TMH all day having additional tests run to dig deeper and learn more.
Unfortunately tests came back revealing that I have an acute form of leukemia. My oncologist is recommending an immediate transfer to the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa to begin chemotherapy. Depending on the type of leukemia (which should be determined in the next few days) will determine the next steps. My oncologist said that initial treatment may be anywhere from 3-4 weeks.
I would appreciate any positive thoughts, prayers and good vibes you can send during this time.
For some reason this last part was included in my original post... I'm gonna kick some ass and come back stronger than ever!!
- vincent bogucki
- Rachel Perrin
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