A Christmas Carol in Slocomb

By: Rachel Yonkunas Email
By: Rachel Yonkunas Email

The Smith’s are a popular family in Slocomb, but 11 months ago mother Lisa was diagnosed with colon cancer. Her doctors told her there wasn’t much they could do, and that shook the Smith's to their core.

“She's a great woman. She tries to be there for everybody. I don't know what I’d do without her,” said Lydia Smith, Lisa’s daughter.

“When my wife would say, I don't want to die, I would say, baby, think about living, not dying. And she has done that,” said Stuart Smith, Lisa’s husband.

Then, fellow student Marlee Owen and the Slocomb High School Singers felt compelled to do something. What started as a simple idea, turned into a Christmas surprise. These students brought a little holiday magic to the smith's.

“I kind of felt like Jimmy Steward in 'It’s a Wonderful Life.' It just kind of hits you; they were doing a concert for Lisa,” Stuart said about the caroling.

“I do appreciate the choir coming to sing for me since I’m not able to go see them like I want to,” said Lisa.

Lydia's friends do not want her to travel this road alone.

“If something happens to Miss Lisa, we all know she'll be in heaven,” said Price Watson, Lydia’s childhood friend.

Although it's not an easy journey, Lisa's fingerprints will not disappear from the lives she's touched.

“She taught me to be the best person I can be, and to work for the things that I want. That’s the best lesson to learn,” explained Lydia.

“It makes me proud of her,” Lisa said, “To know that I left with my baby girl knowing that I put those [values] in her heart.”

“Just because you're diagnosed with a disease, and the doctor says you don't have much time, take it like this: one day is a new day and enjoy each day one at a time,” advised Stuart.

After all, one day—or one song—can make a difference.

Lisa’s family made t-shirts to benefit her cause. If you would like to fight the battle against colon cancer and support Lisa, email Windy Smith Burkett at wincar117@yahoo.com. Also, you can mail letters of inspiration to the Smith’s at 2653 Scott Road, Slocomb, AL 36375.

Watch the full video of the Slocomb High School Singers caroling for the Smith’s by clicking on the link below.

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