Love for Tess Smith and Family

$21,450 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 442 people in 11 months
Staci Marshall
on behalf of Lawrence Smith
 WICHITA, KS
We are with the Smith family and were given permission to do this...
Tess is a beautiful girl with the most contagious smile. She is loved by so many family and friends and is being wrapped in prayer here in Colorado. Tess was involved in a skiing accident and is unresponsive. Medically, there is nothing more they can do. We are relying on God and prayers as she prepares to fight this battle on her own without the aid of life support. We would like to help the family with the medical and travel expenses they have and will incur. Tess is currently being treated at the Children's Hospital in Aurora, CO. If the God chooses to take Tess as his angel in the coming hours, Tess will need to come home to Wichita. If we receive the miracle we have been praying for, she will have additional medical expenses to make her healthy again. Please, if you are able to help with these expenses, the family would sincerely appreciate it. There is no one like Tess. She is so genuine, sweet, beautiful, and the worlds best friend. We continue to pray for her miracle and know she is God's child and He will answer our prayers in His way. Thank you so much.
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http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansas/obituary.aspx?n=tess-leann-smith&pid=184425836&fhid=4861&eid=sp_shareobit

Here is the link to Tess's beautiful obituary. Please keep this family in your prayers as tomorrow is going to be very difficult as they lay their sweet daughter, granddaughter, cousin and friend to rest. Thank you all again for everything. No words will ever be able to express the gratitude we have toward each and every one of you who have prayed, loved,sent condolences and/or donated during this tragedy. You are all amazing people with enormous hearts. Thank you.
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The funeral will be this Saturday at 11am at First United Methodist Church downtown. The viewing will be Friday afternoon at Downing Lahey at Maple and Maize. The time is undetermined but most likely after 3pm. We will update a more precise time as soon as we can. Thank you again for your thoughts, prayers and donations.
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Today around 9:15 we will see Tess for the last time. She is being prepared for surgery so she can be a miracle to others and provide her organs to those in need. While we know our Tess has been gone since Sunday evening, her body has been kept alive in order for her to be able to save the lives of others. We have been able to see her sweet face for the last 36 hours and evening knowing Tess is not with us, being able to touch her and kiss her has allowed a tiny amount of "maybe" to remain. When they take her this morning, she will not return. Please pray for Holly, Lawrence, Evan and Kate, as this will be a very difficult end to 4 days of being at her bedside. The pain of their loss in incomprehensible. Please pray for Maddi as she watches her best friend leave one final time. Pray for us, her parents, as we try to help the Smith family, Maddi, and ourselves cope in our now completely shattered world without precious Tess. The outpouring of love, prayers and donations shows everyone exactly how loved this child and family is. Words can never express the gratitude the Smith family feels knowing these donations will ease some of the financial burden they will have in medical bills, bringing Tess home to Wichita and her upcoming services. Please pray for them as they now will be planning a memorial service for their beautiful daughter gone way too soon.
We will begin our travels home today but not without the hurt of knowing there should be 8 of us getting into cars, not 7. The journey home will be long and lonely for her family. Please pray for safe travels for everyone. And when Holly, Lawrence and Evan get home, Lord, please give them some peace as they enter their forever quieter home. Please, please continue to pray for this sweet and amazing family. They are the most genuine, loving people who have shown grace, kindness and incredible strength throughout this tragedy. I know the Smith family would like to thank all the doctors and staff that have provided care for Tess. They have been absolutely amazing and they are confident she was provided the best care she could have ever received. The people of Children's Hospital are like no other. They were comforting and so very helpful each and every step of the way. The love and care they showed for Tess, her family and friends was seen and felt by everyone here.
On behalf of the Smith family, we thank everyone for all you have done. Keep the prayers and support coming as the days, weeks, months ahead will be very tough. One day at a time...
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Betsy Rush
11 months ago
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So sorry for your loss, but so happy she is an organ donor. I am a recipient of lungs 6 months ago. I know it's very hard but know how appreciative the recipient will be. It's a feeling like nothing else. Thoughts and preyers.

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Katelynn Wampler Cadagon
11 months ago
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Dear Tess family. i was a great friend of her we were friends since we were born. i really going to miss her so much. it was hard hearing about this my little brother told me about it. I'm really going to miss her. RIP Tess

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Michelle Stark
11 months ago
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I just saw this story on KAKE news that this beautiful young lady is fighting for her life, being a Northwest graduate I felt compelled to help in some way. Now to read the update and see she has lost her life is hard and I am a stranger. I cannot imagine what the family is going through. I commend the family for her organ donations and she is already an angel giving hope and life to 8 others. Prayers going up for friends and family...imagine her getting Heaven"s grand tour.

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Shaleeka Pottard
11 months ago

My best friend passed away in 2014 and saved 7 lives by donating her organs. Now she lives on forever through others. The gift of life❤ God Bless

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Lora Allen
11 months ago

So sorry for your loss....she will live on through others and always be with you!

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Victoria McCune
11 months ago

Your story has inspired me. I too am an organ donor and the thought of my family having to let me go the way your family has had to let you go rocks me to my core. But to know you will live on in the life of 8 other people is amazing and so precious. Rip dear girl!! God bless your family during this very difficult time.

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Tish Schrader
11 months ago

I am so sorry it's a kidney she needs , blessings to u an your family

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Tish Schrader
11 months ago

My niece is 15 and she needs a liver or she also will dye plz contact her go fund me . Robin schrader go fund me , I'm sorry for your loss plz help us save ours thank u

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Taylor Buckley
11 months ago

So many prayers for you all <3 On behalf of myself and Katelynn's coaching teammates <3

$265
Anonymous
11 months ago
$25
Melinda Nelson
11 months ago
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Prayers and hugs!

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Anonymous
11 months ago
JD
$25
Jacob Decker
11 months ago

Sorry for you loss. I can't imagine what the family is going through.

SJ
$20
Stacy Jensen
11 months ago

I am so very sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers

JS
$50
Jim & Jan Scott
11 months ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this tough time.

Betsy Rush
11 months ago
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So sorry for your loss, but so happy she is an organ donor. I am a recipient of lungs 6 months ago. I know it's very hard but know how appreciative the recipient will be. It's a feeling like nothing else. Thoughts and preyers.

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Katelynn Wampler Cadagon
11 months ago
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1

Dear Tess family. i was a great friend of her we were friends since we were born. i really going to miss her so much. it was hard hearing about this my little brother told me about it. I'm really going to miss her. RIP Tess

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Michelle Stark
11 months ago
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1

I just saw this story on KAKE news that this beautiful young lady is fighting for her life, being a Northwest graduate I felt compelled to help in some way. Now to read the update and see she has lost her life is hard and I am a stranger. I cannot imagine what the family is going through. I commend the family for her organ donations and she is already an angel giving hope and life to 8 others. Prayers going up for friends and family...imagine her getting Heaven"s grand tour.

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Shaleeka Pottard
11 months ago

My best friend passed away in 2014 and saved 7 lives by donating her organs. Now she lives on forever through others. The gift of life❤ God Bless

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Lora Allen
11 months ago

So sorry for your loss....she will live on through others and always be with you!

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Victoria McCune
11 months ago

Your story has inspired me. I too am an organ donor and the thought of my family having to let me go the way your family has had to let you go rocks me to my core. But to know you will live on in the life of 8 other people is amazing and so precious. Rip dear girl!! God bless your family during this very difficult time.

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Tish Schrader
11 months ago

I am so sorry it's a kidney she needs , blessings to u an your family

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Tish Schrader
11 months ago

My niece is 15 and she needs a liver or she also will dye plz contact her go fund me . Robin schrader go fund me , I'm sorry for your loss plz help us save ours thank u

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