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My Walking Partner
Jul 08, 2011 by Luci Smith

Meet Mika, pronounce Meeka. It is a Hawaiian name that means "eyes". Mika is our newest addition to the family--a labradoddle/border collie mix. He is only 10 weeks old and still learning how to be a walking dog....but I tell you he soon will be my walking buddy. We planned on getting him as a surprise for my girls back in May and amazingly were able to keep the secret from the girls. Not sure how, but we did. Of course I told my Dad about it. He enjoyed animals. All kinds of animals.

While on vacation many years ago, he was out feeding the pigeons and he got one of them to come into the hotel room by feeding it. He loved feeding squirrels and birds. During the last couple years of his life, he lived with 3 dogs and became very very attached to one, named Baily. The day my Dad died the dog would not leave his room. We had to really coax him out when we needed him out of there. I later found out that my Dad was feeding the dog his left-overs from his yes of course that dog loved my Dad. Very typical of his soft-spot for animals.

Training is starting to get longer and a bit harder. I welcome this as I love pushing hard. My dad was so brave and fought so hard. Guess he taught me that in addition to not giving up and always smiling.

Saturday, July 9th we will be up to 9 miles; meaning that on July 16th we hit two digit distances--10 MILES! Wow, that will be a challange but very doable. So, my challange to you all is to see if we can get 10 donations by next Saturday when I hit the pavement doing 10 miles. I can not do this alone. We cannot do this alone! If You help me with the 10 donations I will do the 10 miles, and together we will get this done.

Thank you so much for your support. It means a lot to me.....and a lot to those we are helping that we don't even know.


Not Giving Up
Jun 24, 2011 by Luci Smith

Well, this sure was a long week. When I first told my dad that I was going to walk a marathon for him back in May....I was expecting him to be with me until the end. Sadly that is not the case. My father passed away in his sleep on Thursday June 16th. Six days earlier, we found out that the cancer was back in force and that it had spread throughout his body. He was too weak to tollerate any treatment, so my Dad was placed in hospice Tuesday June 14th in the afternoon. Two days later he was gone. We were shocked at how fast he went, but very glad that he is no longer suffering.

In training this week, I took it slow, walking with some good friends while my girls were at Sports Camp. I got to share and talk and laugh with them which was just what I needed. Thank you Melinda, Lisa and Dawn! It meant a lot that you all listened. NOW I am ready to get going so this morning, I pushed hard through 7 miles. It felt great. I walked on a wooded trail next to a Lacamas Lake (Camas, WA), seeing many birds, a deer and a rabbit along the way. Life is all around me. I must keep going and make a difference. So many more lives need to be saved.

Please help me to continue pushing through this. I still have a goal to reach $1,000 raised by the end of June. Yikes that is just around the corner! I am currently at 588.00 so I need your help. If you are not able, that's ok. Would you be able to forward this link to your family and friends? Maybe you could even talk to co-workers or employers to see how they can participate. We can do this....I know we can!

Thank you!


Not the end
Jun 16, 2011 by Luci Smith

Yesterday my Dad was placed in hospice. His scan showed that his cancer is back and it has spread. His body just is not able to go through treatments anymore. There are such mixed emotions running through my head that I am not sure of even what to write. The previous treatment did give my Dad some extra time so we are all thankful for that. My prayer now is that the next person that gets cancer will have a longer time with their loved ones.......and one day cancer will not be a death sentence.

As I train, my reasons for doing this are changing and the list keeps growing. The names of people I meet with cancer keeps getting longer and longer. I am overwhelmed and sad. Getting up to do the training has been hard this past two weeks. I knew in my heart that my Dad was getting worse, but still, I feel overwhelmed and defeated. Nevertheless I can not give up. I will not give up. I need to do this more than ever. I need to do this for my Dad.

I have a goal to get my fundraising up to $1,000 by the end of this month. Cancer sucks and it is ugly, but we can make a difference. If you are able please help by donating. I know finances are hard right now so if you are not able to give PLEASE forward my page to others. I need your help in spreading the word. Prayers are always more than welcome.


Fighting For It
May 28, 2011 by Luci Smith

My training is off to a fun and amazing start. Training my body for a purpose greater than just finishing has given me a whole new perspective on finishing. I'm up to walking about 3-5 miles a day, 5-6 days a week. Twenty six miles seems like such a long way to go!

I also wanted to give you all an update on my dad. On the 10th of May, he was admitted to the hospital for pneumonia. Three days later he went into respiratory arrest. For the next 5 days, he was in ICU hooked up to a respirator since he could not breathe on his own, though his body was improving little by little each day.

On the 5th day, I got to be with him when they slowly reduced the breathing machine to take him off of it. My dad’s first few breaths were painful to watch as he struggled for air, but he slowly calmed down and started to breathe on his own again.

Yep, my dad, the fighter. Not only does he have lymphoma, but he also has Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to go along with it. Seeing him every day fighting for each breath got me thinking about not just finishing this marathon, but about pushing it up a notch and “fighting” each mile to the finish line. I want to give it my all like my dad gave it his all to breathe on his own again.

If you have not yet, will you consider donating to LLS? Doing so helps us get that much closer to finding a cure. Thank you!

My Fundraising Page
Apr 30, 2011

Racing to Save Lives

Welcome to my Team In Training home page.

I'm training to participate in the Nike Women's Marathon as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training. All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. I am completing this event in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers. These people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure!

There are two special people in my life that I am doing this for in particular. One is my friend Dorothy. Dorothy lost her twin sister about three years ago. I never met her sister but I love Dorothy and I saw what she went through and my heart ached for her. Back then I told my self I needed to do something.

I am also doing this for my dad. He was diagnosed last fall with cancer. He went through treatment and we are waiting to see if his cancer is in remision. When I was with him during his treaments and transfusion, I was faced with others going through the same thing. My heart went out to all these people and a I kept thinking.....I need to do more. So I will be participating in a marathon, 26.2 miles long (2 rods and 6 cubes long according to my 6 year old daughter). I would love it if you would join me by donating to this important cause.

My Dad and Jena

Your donation helps support my participation in Team In Training, advances LLS's mission, and honors those, such as my Dad by finding a cure so others won't have to suffer a similar fate.

I hope you will visit my web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress. Thanks for your support!

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Supporter Comments

    "Sorry this is SO late!! You are AWESOME!!! GOOOOO LUCI!!!!"

    Mitch & Tara Stiller

    Thu Aug 18 01:23:14 EDT 2011

    "Little late sorry! Hope the event went well. "

    Megan Phillips

    Tue Jul 19 12:40:27 EDT 2011

    "Go Luci & Mika!"

    Jeff & December

    Fri Jul 15 07:31:14 EDT 2011

    "For are dads!!"


    Fri Jul 01 12:46:57 EDT 2011

    "Luci, you are my hero! I KNOW how hard it is right now, and yet you are still keeping on! Your Dad would be SO very proud! Love you!"

    Karin O'Brien

    Sat Jun 18 05:28:07 EDT 2011

    "You are such a wonderful inspiration to others!"

    Debbie Gaylor

    Wed May 11 10:33:19 EDT 2011

    "Our Virtual Old Spaghetti Factory Dinner."

    Denaire Sommerset

    Thu Sep 15 06:17:20 EDT 2011

    "Thank you so much to all who purchased photos at to help support this effort!"

    Paul Smith Photography

    Thu Oct 13 10:43:22 EDT 2011

    "Luci- This should put you over the top of your goal. We love you and am sorry for the loss of the Dad you loved so much."

    Gordon and Samantha

    Sun Oct 02 01:56:57 EDT 2011

    "People are smelling good and feeling good about helping a good cause after the scentsy party you had at your house and online. What a great success it was, and what an honor to bless your LLS fundraising efforts and you with some free product! Love you! "

    Sat Oct 01 12:04:50 EDT 2011

    "You are doing such a great job Luci and working so hard! Here's to your dad and my sister, smiling down on us!"

    Tamara Driscoll

    Thu Sep 22 08:13:39 EDT 2011

    "Thank You Luci....."


    Sun May 01 09:20:07 EDT 2011

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $3,200.00 | Goal: $3,200.00
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In Memory of

Clarence Fernandez

My Thanks To

Julie Sittner $200.00
Steve and Rosemary Smith $200.00
Gordon and Samantha $125.00
American Fidelity Foundat... $100.00
Dr. Sheryl Lee $100.00
Kamanu Fernandez $100.00
Merry Burdick $100.00
Jaime A. Balan $100.00
Paul and Luci Smith $98.00
Paul Smith Photography $80.00
Karin O'Brien $60.00
Janet Ruzich $50.00
Helene Wagner $50.00
Conrad W Leichner $50.00
Jeff and Laura Moore $50.00
Linda Anderson $50.00
Tina Litsey $50.00
Sue Ritchey $50.00
Armando Balan $50.00
Steve & Rosemary Smith $50.00
OSF fundraiser Luci Smith $45.00 $43.00
Patricia Fernandez $40.00
Run With Paula Events Inc $33.00
Accuprint $26.00
Irene Otto $26.00
Karen Hartley $25.00
Tamara Driscoll $25.00
Denaire Sommerset $25.00
Deb Svirtunas $25.00
Mary Cesarini $25.00
Sharon DeBoer $25.00
Michelle Barnhart $25.00
Amy Mengarelli $25.00
Michael Thomas $25.00
Phillip Wastradowski $25.00
Amy Davis $25.00
Kathi Carlson $25.00
Stephanie Frisch $25.00
Deborah Teeny $25.00
Todd Bowling $25.00
Ann hurley $25.00
Susan Ulbin $25.00
Paul Smith Photography Pa... $20.00
Mitch & Tara Stiller $20.00
Lois Glenn $20.00
Lori Krieger $20.00
Megan Phillips $20.00
Lisa DiVincenzo $20.00
tina boyce $10.00
Christine Brooks $10.00
Sarah Chapman $10.00
Vicki Hall $10.00
Tara Stiller OSF $10.00
Priscilla Rose OSF $10.00
Lisa DiVincenzo OSF $10.00
Valerie Samaha OSF $10.00
Tina Litsey OSF $10.00
Luci Smith $10.00
Kassie Kuchinka $10.00
Teresa Buchmann $10.00
Kevin Hudson $10.00
Valerie Samaha $10.00
Valerie Samaha $10.00
Darcy Hickey $10.00
Jenny Roberts $10.00
Teresa Buchmann-OSF $5.00
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