Help James Beat Leukemia

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Raised by 167 people in 14 months
Created May 26, 2017
Please support this precious young family as James Smith undergoes treatment for leukemia at Moffit Cancer Center in Tampa. They face medical bills, travel expenses and other challenges as he receives treatment away from home. As you can see in the photo, James and his wife Kim, have three beautiful young children. James, a social worker, and Kim, a teacher and freelance writer, do so much to serve others. Please consider doing what you can to ease their burden during this time.

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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!

May 24

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!!
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Hi everyone - James and Kim are keeping everyone updated on his progress via Facebook. Here is his latest update as he continues treatment.

8.14.17
You get what you need
That was my theme from last week. I truly believe God calls and desires us to tell Him what we want. Through prayer we have a strong connection to the Lord and I know He loves to deliver our wants and desires. But sometimes, He only gives us what we need.
Throughout the week last week, I made my desires and requests known to Him, but God gave me what I needed. He needed to let me know that not everything that I ask for is a requirement to achieve success. My biggest request was to return to the same floor that I had been on during the initial induction phase of my treatment, 3S. During the month long stay on that floor, I built a lot of great relationships with staff and felt comfortable on the floor. I called the admitting office at Moffitt several times the week prior, as well as the evening before to request to be on that floor. When I arrived on Monday morning, I had a gut feeling that I wouldn’t be on 3S, and it was confirmed upon my arrival. I would be in 4N, which is the only other unit that you can receive chemo treatment at Moffitt. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. I knew it was an attack by the devil and rather than wallow in misery and being angry, I decided to try to make the best of it. This could be an opportunity or a failure.
The good news is, the week went very well. I had an opportunity to talk with several new nurses, share my stories from the previous treatments and my goals for health and faith life. It turned out exceptionally well and thus I have several new nurses to be thankful for and who are praying for me. There is also a room on the 4th floor that has every type of gaming system, with a huge TV and board games to play with the kids. I had a great time going to the room (not quite a daily basis) to play some MADDEN, kill aliens and race some fun cars I’ll never have a chance to race in real life.
With each round of chemo I also have a lumbar puncture to determine if the cancer has crossed the blood/brain barrier and to put some chemo up there. The procedure itself usually isn’t too bad (considering there’s a huge needle inside my spine). This would mark the 6th time that I had an LP, and there is a clear winner in who I prefer to have complete the procedure. The first nurse to complete the procedure seems to have “knicked” a nerve during the placement of the needle which gave me a SUDDEN, sharp twinge down my leg. It was immediately gone, but still freaked me out. So much so that the ARNP who completed the procedure just a few days later remarking how sweaty I was during the procedure (because of how nervous I was that it would go badly). In that 2nd procedure I prayed the entire time and asked God to let the procedure go well. Since the 2nd procedure, all the LPs have been smooth and truly painless and something that I don’t mind. As I’m being wheeled down for the LP last week, I’m starting my prayers and asking God for a smooth procedure and for the “good” ARNP to be the one to complete the procedure. Sticking with the theme of the week, it was in fact the nurse who did the procedure first. I’m very thankful that the procedure went well, and was over quickly, because the needle was up against a nerve and was making my right leg go numb. If it had taken any longer, this post might be a lot different.
As I received the news on Thursday that I would be discharged from the hospital, I got the “unfortunate” news that due to a certain medication still being present in my system, we would have to wait to finish up the week’s treatment until Saturday afternoon. Of course there would be another wrench in the week, but there wasn’t anything that could be done. I went with it, because that’s what God wanted me to do. This gave me a chance to visit with the wonderful family who has graciously allowed us to stay at their house while we’re down in Tampa. It gave me a chance to rest and recuperate and spend time playing with my family. It gave me a chance to spend time on Saturday with my mom, who came over to sit with me during the treatment.
Life won’t always be perfect. You’ll be cruising along and something will come up, it’s just bound to happen. You can either go with it, or get stuck. I again am so thankful that I have so many supporters, prayer warriors and soldiers fighting with me in this battle. I could have easily been in poor spirits last week and still to this point, but there’s no need for it for me. In the words of Kid President: There’s too much awesome to be spread this week!
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Thank you to everyone who donated to help James Smith and his beautiful family as he undergoes treatment for leukemia at Moffitt Cancer Center. You are part of an amazing movement of love and support. We met our initial goal of $10,000 in less than 24 hours, which his amazing. I'm going to keep the donations page open because I know James and his family will continue to need support. They don't know yet how long his treatment will take or exactly they're up against. So please keep sharing, praying and supporting the Smiths.
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Please support this precious young family as James undergoes treatment for leukemia. They face medical bills, travel expenses and other challenges as he receives treatment for several weeks at Moffitt Cancer Center.

As you can see in the photo, James and his wife Kim, have three beautiful young children. James, a social worker, and Kim, a teacher and freelance writer, do so much to serve others. Please consider doing what you can to ease their burden during this time.
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