Prayers For Richie Fundraiser

This is for my nephew, Richie Smith.  Thanksgiving weekend 2012, Richie underwent brain surgery to remove a tumor that was later found to be cancerous - glioblastoma.  He's since been through radiation and chemotherapy and a longer term phase of treatment which included chemo and biological treatments as well as steroids for 12 months.  Since then, he's been through several other phases of treatments.  Richie had been off all treatments for a while.  His body had taken over the healing process, although he has ongoing mobility issues, but progress was being made.  Richie's MRI of six months ago showed that one of his tumors (which he had named "Kevin") was GONE.  One remained ... it was stable and his journey continued.  A couple of months ago, there was "an area of concern" that was treated with a rare 3rd round of chemo.  Five weeks ago, Richie got word that the original tumors were in remission.

But things can change in a heartbeat ...

This was our Valentine's day 2017 news:


Life changes quickly. One day up and the next day down. This is not easy.

And there’s no easy way to say this – Richie’s MRI was not good. It showed rapid change in just five weeks – which appears to be tumor growth. This is not something that can wait and will need immediate attention.

We’re in tears. We’re devastated.

The other tumors are still in remission. The UTSW Tumor board will meet* to discuss options with a goal of acting quickly.

James 5:14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.

Please pray for Richie and our family.

*The board meets on Friday, February 17th 2017. 

The board decided to take a "wait and see" approach and go back to monthly MRI's.

2nd, Even More Major update!

"Written by – Rick Smith – Mar 29, 2017. MRI Results.

“He is the one you praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes” (Deuteronomy 10:21).

We are one month removed from Richie’s last MRI. That was a time of confusion. What appeared to be remission also seemed to say something was amiss. From there we were left standing and waiting until today. Until we could see what the MRI would show us.

An agonizing month – just waiting, wondering But I have to tell the truth. A month prior my intuition, my gut said all was well. Then the MRI results gave us an inconclusive view that led to two possible outcomes – one that would send Richie on a path of harsh chemo or whatever else the Docs could devise and the second a path that yielded a much more positive outcome.

Behind the scenes Richie’s doctors were waiting to see today’s MRI. One of the doctors got a first look. He told other doctors, simply saying – you have to see Richie’s MRI – stop what you’re doing and check out the MRI now!!

When did Richie and I know what was going on? When one of our doctors came into the room. She was excited, unable to hold back her excitement, knowing she was going to give us wonderful news. She showed us the scan from today, side-by-side with the scan from a month ago. . As Veronica has said, what looks like a demolition is sometimes is a renovation. Well bring on the renovation. The new scan is amazing.

One of our seasoned doctors who is intelligent and very practical – simply said –

“It’s a miracle.”

He also said, “In all of my career I’ve never seen anything like it”

Thank you God and thank you to all the prayer warriors who frequently pray for Richie and our family. God is in business and he knows his business – we don’t always know his plans, but right now, right in front of us we have seen a miracle.

“He is the one you praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes” (Deuteronomy 10:21).

Thank you God and thank you to each and everyone of you as you continue to support us in many, many ways…"

Through all of this Richie is maintaining a supremely positive attitude, his deep faith and exuberant good humor remain intact, he is "happy, happy happy."  He's always about doing for and helping others, like starting his own foundation, For A reason World Foundation.  Richie's energy and enthusiasm for life is such an inspiration ... he completed a 60 day Bikram yoga challenge in January and started a garden in association with his foundation.  His passion for music, his family and an amazing group of devoted friends and extended family keep him energized.  You can check out his music via his Facebook page here

There is great joy in his 23 year old eyes.  When asked why he thinks he's been given this challenge in life, he answers, "Why not me?"

So what's an auntie do do?

Well, since this auntie is a jewelry designer with a penchant for creating talismans and meaningful jewels, I've designed and am making a medallion to sell and donate the proceeds to Richie's medical bills.  On one side is my "All One" symbol ... we truly are ALL ONE, on the other side is "P4R"  - Prayers For Richie.  This ties into a growing "Prayers For Richie" Facebook community (now over 2400 people) following Richie's journey towards healing.  I've also stitched up little muslin bags stamped with the P4R logo to hold the medallion.

Each medallion, hand formed from metal clay, averages about 3/4" (22mm) in diameter and hangs from a 30" adjustable red nylon cord.  I chose red to symbolize the "red thread of connection" - the blood that pulses through each of us - as another way of connecting with our powerful Prayers For Richie Community.

Except for the postage charge, all the money received goes to Richie, I don't take anything for my materials or time.  The minimum donations will be great, but if you would like to make an additional contribution (via the button at the top right) . . . well that would be amazing.

Click here or on the image to the right to choose from a bronze medallion with a minimum donation of $20 or a fine silver medallion, minimum donation of $40.  Medallions are made to order and will ship 7 to 10 days after ordering.  By the way, one of these sterling silver medallions would normally retail for $90.

with deep gratitude and light filled blessings ... Kathy


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Richie and his Dad completing their 60 day Bikram challenge ... amazing!

Richie and his Dad completing their 60 day Bikram challenge ... amazing!

P4R Fundraiser medallions; bronze or silver

P4R Fundraiser medallions; bronze or silver

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