Pink Up: Helping others

Pink Up: Helping others

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - What would you do if you were just diagnosed with stage 4 cancer?

Many people may get angry or upset, but one woman is helping bring peace and joy to others by continuing to ring the Salvation Army Red Kettle bell.

Jennifer Smith was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer on September 5, 2014.

That's just 2.5 years after she finished treatments for stage 3 breast cancer.

Like many women who are given the breast cancer diagnosis, she is finding her inner strength, but she is doing it by helping others.

"How are you today?" said Smith as she greeted shoppers.

Smith and her two kids ring the Salvation Army Red Kettle bell multiple times a week, and have for several years.

"Thank you, have a very Merry Christmas," said Smith to a shopper.

As Smith wishes others well, she herself is fighting a second dose of breast cancer, this time stage 4.

"Being diagnosed a second time around, I thought I had already beat it the first time around, and being diagnosed a second time around, I guess you'll know a little more about going into treatments and stuff like that," said Smith.

Smith has more than just a little Christmas spirit, she has true faith and strength as she says the scariest part of this diagnosis was telling her children.

"I truly don't have a lot of fear of having cancer a second time around, you know being diagnosed with cancer is not a death sentence anymore," said Smith.

"Thank you so much, have a merry Christmas," said Smith to a shopper as they dropped money in the bucket.

"I have a lot of faith that I'm going to beat this, I have to beat this," said Smith.

You might see Smith around Poplar Bluff at Walmart, K-Mart, or Hobby Lobby ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.

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