Patty Smith wants her son’s story told.
Elizabeth McNew wants to tell it.
McNew and Smith along with the family and friends of Sgt. Timmy Smith are raising funds to allow McNew to write a book about Timmy Smith’s life.
The book, “Timmy” will document the life of Smith, the 2001 graduate of South Tahoe High School, who was killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb on April 7, 2008.
The kickstarter.com website for the project says, “our mission for this project, “Timmy”, is to uncover the permanent and dynamic consequences which are bestowed upon those who know and love the brave soldiers who fall to their death to keep our Country free. Not only do these fallen heroes leave behind widows and grieving children they leave behind mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, grandparents, friends, communities, and an entire nation to ponder a very simple, yet infinitely complex question: Why?”
McNew, a 2004 South Tahoe High School graduate, said the goal is to interview as many of Smith’s family and friends — especially friends in the military — as possible. She said the goal is to ensure the book portrays Smith’s life in the most accurate and respectful manner possible.
“(We want to) interview anyone and everyone who has something valuable to add about his life,” McNew said.
The plan is to write a book and create a documentary on DVD. To do it all, the group is asking for donations of at least $15,000. The website says the funds will be used on a camera for filming and travel expenses to do the interviews. As of Thursday afternoon, a little more than $500 had been raised. The deadline is Sunday, May 11.
McNew said doing the interviews in person is an important part of capturing the emotion of the subject matter.
“The main risk and fear that we carry is that this book, which is a chance for the story of a fallen soldier and hero to forever live on, simply won’t do his life and legacy justice,” the website said.
McNew said anyone who may want to be interviewed for the book can contact her at 936-207-5931 or firstname.lastname@example.org.