The Maria Smith Foundation
Even if we are successful in getting the insurance company to cover the expenses within her policy, there is no telling what the out of pocket expenses will be. Additionally she will be out of work as will her husband as he travels to Washington to be with her. The recovery in the hospital can be anywhere from three to five weeks depending upon how she heals and progresses.
We are asking everyone we know and calling upon all of our resources to help spread the word in the hopes that we can raise money to help cover the costs of her surgery, treatment, continued care and any other expenses associated with her medical condition.
I want those of you who do not know her or do not know her well to learn a little bit about her. Maria is my younger sister. She is a fifth grade teacher and has been teaching for 16 years. Even as child – she always knew what she wanted. She wanted to be a teacher, get married and have children. Her goal of becoming a teacher became a reality, as did her dream to get married when just two years ago she married her awesome husband, Isaac Smith. They live in Fair Lawn which I love because we live so close to one another. Last year, after a somewhat grueling interview and application process, they were approved for adoption. However due to her recent diagnosis, they are no longer eligible to adopt at this time.
This has all come as quite a shock to our family. Everything moves so quickly once the wheels are in motion. Through the blurriness of it all you start to begin to see more clearly. You catch your breath and quickly learn the value of words like determination, perseverance, motivation, support, laughter, forgiveness, kindness, empathy, strength and most importantly love. Our first instinct is to draw upon our family for these things, but we have quickly found that our friends, co-workers, and community members are there and want to help us as well.
I, for one, have never been very good at asking for help when I need it. I like to be the one that help others.
But this time - I am asking for your help.
I don’t know how I/we can all thank you enough. How does one thank another for being there during the hardest part of their lives? How do we thank all of you for your kind words and hugs? Your encouragement? The meals and gifts – the smiles and most of all your unwavering encouragement even when things seemed impossible…..
There is no worse feeling in this world than when you are dealt - what appears to be - an impossible hand. As her sister – I want to thank you all for helping to give her/us the possibility of a chance. All we need sometimes is the “possibility” - the chance for a different outcome. You gave us all hope.
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. If you have only one smile in you - give it to the people you love.”
Thank you for being our rainbows….