Meet Charity Sade

A donation to Smith Center provides programs like Cancer Support Group & Retreats for people facing cancer in our community. 

#MyStoryShared: Cancer brought me a community.

Cancer is no laughing matter. I certainly didn’t laugh when I was diagnosed at age 27 with inflammatory breast cancer. I didn’t laugh when my whole world changed and suddenly found myself at chemotherapy. There’s not much to laugh at when you find yourself dealing with things people your age would never imagine in their wildest dreams.

And then I discovered a community of support at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts.

Smith Center’s Young Adult Cancer Support Group became a refuge for me, a place where I could come and share how I was feeling without any judgment. Everyone had different types of cancer, but we shared a common bond with what we were all going through. Having this support system helped to channel my pain into comedy. I had found my love for laughter again.

Now, I help others find their ways to laugh. This year, I taught my first stand-up comedy class with young adult cancer survivors at Smith Center, and we held our showcase this past April with amazing feedback. I’m working with Smith Center on more classes and shows and couldn’t be more excited about what’s to come next.

#MyStoryShared represents how Smith Center has changed my life for the better. It served as an anchor and a place where I can always come back to be replenished and refreshed. Smith Center helped me find a community and form lasting friendships I will treasure for the rest of my life.

Charity Sade

Young Adult Cancer Survivor
Comedienne Extraordinaire

P.S. Smith Center impacts thousands of lives, like mine, each year and you can too. With a tax-deductible donation, you have the power to help change lives and make a difference for those living with cancer.

A donation to Smith Center provides programs like Cancer Support Group & Retreats for people facing cancer in our community. 

Meet Kiamsha Leeke

Kiamsha Leeke

Listen to the interview with Kiamsha Leeke here or read transcripts below.

A donation to Smith Center provides programs like Cancer Support Group & Retreats for people facing cancer in our community. 

Kiamsha Leeke, current Artist-in-Residence at Walter Reed Military Medical Center, shares her experience working with cancer patients and Wounded Warriors. Continue reading Meet Kiamsha Leeke

Meet Mary Billington

Mary Billington

We are saddened to announce that Mary passed on March 9th, 2018. She will be greatly missed by the Smith Center community.

A donation to Smith Center provides programs like Cancer Support Group & Retreats for people facing cancer in our community. 

Executive Director, Jennifer Bires, spends the afternoon talking with Mary Billington about her journey and the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts.

Continue reading Meet Mary Billington

Meet Chu Chu Sanders, Patient Navigator

Chu Chu Sanders

Listen to the interview with Carole O’Toole & Chu Chu Sanders here or read transcripts below.

A donation to Smith Center provides programs like Cancer Support Group & Retreats for people facing cancer in our community.

Chu Chu Sanders, a patient navigator, sits with Integrative Navigation and Cancer Retreats Director, Carole O’Toole to talk about her introduction to and experience with Smith Center for Healing and the Arts.

Continue reading Meet Chu Chu Sanders

Meet Bob Bloomfield, Cancer Support Group Resident Poet

Bob Bloomfield

Listen to Bob’s poem “Dogs Barking”

A donation to Smith Center provides programs like Cancer Support Group & Retreats for people facing cancer in our community. 

Bob joined Smith Center’s Cancer Support Group two years ago and has been a regular participant ever since. He sat down with Executive Director and group facilitator, Jennifer Bires, LICSW, OSW-C to talk about the impact Smith Center’s programs, like the weekly support group and cancer retreats, have had on his life.  Continue reading Meet Bob Bloomfield