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Kudos & Kindness

TDFPD Fire Chief Ben Sharit, NNCCA, Director Christine Smith and TDFPD Capt. Ralph Jones. Smith is sporting her freshly shaved head from St. Baldrick’s.
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families impacted by cancer are thankful for support

As a founding member of the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation (NNCCF), I want to thank the South Lake Tahoe community for its continued support of the local children and families who are dealing with cancer. In 1999, cancer shook my family to the core when my 9-month-old grandson, Bailey was diagnosed with stage IV Neuroblastoma. Today, at 16 years old, he is a four-time survivor… cancer-free for 11 years and cancer-treatment-free for nine years. He continues to suffer from late effects from chemo and radiation treatments. The outpouring of support through the years has held my family up and got us through a very difficult time.

Our family is still uplifted by that support. In March, at its 46th annual St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser, the Tahoe-Douglas Rotarians honored first responders in our community and donated $1,000 to a local charity on behalf of each of police and fire honorees. Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District (TDFPD) Captain Ralph Jones was one of those honorees, and he designated his donation to St. Baldrick’s – Bailey Johnson Fund. Captain Jones was hired in 1999 at the fire district by Bailey’s grandfather, Fire Chief Tim Smith (Ret.) In addition to his career at TDFPD; Capt. Jones serves as the President of Local 2441 of the International Association of Firefighters. So a special thank you to Capt. Jones, the Tahoe-Douglas Rotarians and the First Responder Community Hero Award Sponsors for their donation.

As of this date, the 2015 SLT St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser has raised almost $66,000; those funds will be used to help alleviate the financial and emotional burdens of client families. I urge you, as a community to continue to generously support the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation and know that your time, effort and financial support are making a difference to our children and families stricken with cancer.

Christine Smith

Board of Directors, NNCCA



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