Events and activities you can participate in to remember and honor John

With it being a new year, I wanted to let everybody know what we’re planning in honor of John in case people need to mark their calendars!

Philly LiveStrong Challenge- Team Smitty

August 21-22, 2010

Blue Bell, PA

run/walk- 5K or 10K

bike ride- 10, 20, 45, 75, and 100 mile options

virtual challenge

More details-

Proceeds from the event benefit:  Lane Armstrong Foundation

Miles for Melanoma of DE 5K

September 19, 2010

5K run or walk

Riverfront, Wilmington, DE

Look for details on Team Smitty as it gets closer to the event.

Proceeds from the event will benefit- Melanoma Research Foundation

Adopt- A- Highway- Family & Friends of John P. Smith II

dates have not been set yet, will be done 4x/year

1 mile stretch from the traffic circle in Rising Sun on Jacob Tome Memorial Highway to Thruway Drive

If you’re interested in participating, please contact me to get more information- maryksmith “at”

Bike Ride in memory of John

Still in the planning stages, but I plan to do some type of ride in John’s memory.  Right now, it’s looking like we’ll do it with help from Miles for Melanoma of DE and proceeds will benefit the Melanoma Research Foundation.  I’m also hoping to find a bike club &/or bike store to assist with the endeavor.  We’re tentatively estimating a date in May or June at this point.  As an avid cyclist, I know John would  love us doing a bike ride to remember him!  If you’re interested in planning, helping, or riding, please let me know.  You can contact me at maryksmith “at”

About Mary K. Smith

I was widowed in July 2009, when I lost my beloved husband, John, to melanoma. Cancer SUCKS. We have a young son who was just a year old when his father died. I live on a small farm in Maryland which is home to horses, cats, and a dog. I started this blog as a way for me to heal, a way to remember my husband, and eventually I'd like to share it with our son so he can see the love that his father had for him, the love that we had for each other, what a great person his father was, and how hard his father fought to live.
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