2011-2013 SMILE Kids and Programs


Learn-Play-Live, a support group for young adult childhood cancer survivors, received SMILE's first program grant in 2014. Every month survivors of childhood have the opportunity to meet in a support group. The meetings provide opportunities for comradery, discussion and education about issues survivors face, and involvement in  community activities.

GjShlya, 11 years old, Laptop

GjShlya was diagnosed with cancer and told she would be spending the next couple of years in the hospital. Her first concern was how she would get her schoolwork done. Her family had a computer at home, which she had been using. However, they could not afford to purchase a laptop, an item she greatly needed to complete her homeschool coursework while in the hospital. SMILE provided GjShlya with a laptop, case, and mouse. Now she can keep up with her schoolwork.

Terrell, 18 years old, Therapeutic Tricycle


Terrell is living with Cerebral Palsy and numerous co-occurring morbidities. He first met his referring physician when he was four years old after surgery in the rehabilitation unit at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. Fourteen years later, his physical therapist referred him to SMILE for an Amtryke Therapeutic Tricycle, which will enable him to achieve a maximum level of strength, range of motion, and fitness while having fun at the same time. Terrell received his Tryke from SMILE in October 2012 and was beyond thrilled to be able to ride his very own “bike.”

Marley, 4 years old, Diabetic Alert Dog


Marley is a young girl living with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes. Her blood sugar levels fluctuate so frequently and so severely that her parents had to check her blood sugar levels almost every hour, if not more often, even through the night. In, September of 2011 SMILE helped to provide her with a diabetic alert dog, a Chocolate Labrador Retriever which she named Riley-Ann. By sensing the girl’s blood sugar levels, Riley-Ann has been trained to alert the family when the levels are dangerously low or dangerously high, thereby preventing life-threatening complications due to her disease.

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