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July 6, 2014

PUBLIC FORUM: Letters for Sunday, July 6, 2014

Man is a husbandas well as a hero

I met my husband, Ron Smith, through mutual friends in March 1995. We married in August of the same year and have been inseparable since. Together we have three sons, Jimmy 24, Brock, 13, and Tayt, 7. I am so proud of our family and our life together. He is a wonderful husband and an amazing father.

In March of this year, he was diagnosed with an advanced stage of lung cancer. He is a life-long non-smoker who is in otherwise excellent health. Ron is very strong and physically fit. He has always been healthy and active, so the discovery of this disease was very shocking for all of us.

His type of cancer was determined to be inoperable so he underwent many weeks of chemotherapy and radiation. During that time, he tried to work and remain active with our children. He has been very active in raising our sons. Some of the things he enjoys most are hunting and shooting trap with them, watching “Forrest Gump” and “Titanic” with them over and over as well as coaching their baseball teams. He has coached baseball for the Pioneer Youth League for 19 years and has served as both league president and vice president. Currently he is an assistant coach for Brock’s Babe Ruth team, Grand Industrial. Ron coached up to the day of his surgery. He has attended games and practices throughout his treatments. It wasn’t until his recent hospitalization that he missed a game.

This journey has had many ups and downs but we remain strong in our faith that he can conquer this disease. Our family, friends, co-workers and members of our church family at Webb Chapel United Methodist Church have helped us cope with the stress and struggles every step of the way. When times are tough, you realize how much people genuinely care for you and are willing to help and support you when you need it the most.

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