The Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation is our initiative to honor our son and brother by helping families battling childhood cancer until we can find a cure. We thank you for your ongoing support and love. TOGETHER, WE CAN BEAT THIS.
The Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation was founded in early 2011 as a way to remember and honor the life of Jed Smith. Jed was a funny, life-loving twelve-year-old boy who lived with his family in Red Lion, Pennsylvania. Jed was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was four and fought his cancer valiantly for eight years. He lost his battle on January 3, 2010 and is missed every day.
During Jed's eight year's of treatment at the Penn State Milton Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA he always took time to focus on the other kids. He asked questions about how they were feeling even when he was feeling sick and tired.
The Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation embraces that spirit that was always present in Jed and works to support local children battling cancer as well as their families. We host fundraisers and raise money to provide monetary support, scholarships and gifts to the pediatric cancer community.
We are currently based in Red Lion, Pennsylvania and serve the communities of south-central Pennsylvania.
Donate online or send us a check to help a family in need. You can also donate in memory of someone special by simply sending the receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also donate in someone's name and we will send him or her a special thank you card alerting him or her of your donation.
Each autumn, we hold a luncheon to raise money for the foundation. It's a fun day filled with good food, great people, raffles and more. Check Facebook or our blog for date and time. Tickets are available on the blog and at the door the day of the event for $20.00. We also hold various fundraisers throughout the year from garage sales and movie nights to our delicious crab feed. Check out Facebook and the blog for upcoming events. Email us about attending or volunteering!
If you are a family with a child battling childhood cancer, or you know a family with a child battling childhood cancer that needs financial or emotional assistance, please contact us. Your requests and messages will be answered promptly and from an understanding perspective. For emergency assistance such as funeral expenses, there is no application necessary, only a referral from your nurse practitioner, social worker or oncologist.
You can help us bring holiday smiles to kids, parents, nurses and doctors at Penn State Milton Hershey Children's Hospital! We collect everything from legos, crayons, coloring books, to lap desks, throw blankets, sanitizing hand lotions and more. For more ideas, email us! Items can be shipped to our address or dropped off. We do ask please no plush toys or stuffed animals. They cannot be donated even brand new because of germs!
The Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation
233 North Charles Street
Red Lion, PA 17356