Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Tuesday, December 3, 2013 is Giving Tuesday.

We have stood in the long lines of Black Friday and scoured the internet for the fabulous deals of Cyber Monday. Now help us kick off the holiday charitable giving season today.


Give love, give hope, give support and give comfort to families fighting childhood cancer.
Join us now.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Silpada Fundraiser

We're having a Silpada Fundraiser thanks to our friend and supporter Mindy Smith! 

If you like beautiful sterling silver jewelry, get in on this right now! This is the perfect time to shop. A portion of the proceeds benefits JTSF and our fight against childhood cancer. Need to purchase a christmas present for someone special? I'm sure she'd love some jewelry!

Here's how it works:

  • Log on to www.mysilpada.com/mindy.smith
  • View the catalogs and place your order from there 
  • You must register and create a user name and password when you check out (do not check out as a guest) 
  • Select JTS FOUNDATION as the hostess for your party! This is important! 
  • You can pay by MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express
  • All orders will be shipped directly to you, the customer 
  • Silpada allows 60 days to do an exchange or refund, all jewelry has a lifetime guarantee warranty and all jewelry is .925 Sterling Silver
All orders must be placed by October 20th. Enjoy your shopping and know that you're helping the fight against childhood cancer!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (#CCAM)


September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and if you LIKE us on Facebook, you know that each day we are posting childhood cancer facts in the hopes of raising awareness and teaching our audience some things they may not have known before about the 12 major branches of this disease.

It's not too late to join in so please, visit The Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation on Facebook and LIKE our page to learn something new every day.

We will also be featuring some amazing childhood cancer focused organizations and individuals during this month. You don't want to miss it.


Part of what JTSF is doing is shedding some light about the quickly evolving history of cancers (particularly childhood cancer). The first documented case of childhood leukemia was found in 1860 in Germany. 

"In children, leukemia was most commonly ALL - lymphoblastic leukemia - and was almost always swiftly lethal. In 1860, a student of Virchow's [a German researcher and the father of modern pathology], Michael Anton Biermer, described the first known case of this form of childhood leukemia. Maria Speyer, an energetic, vivacious, and playful five-year-old daughter of a W├╝rzburg carpenter, was initially seen at the clinic because she had become lethargic in school and developed bloody bruises on her skin. The next morning, she developed a stiff neck and a fever, precipitating a call to Biermer for a home visit. That night, Biermer drew a drop of blood from Maria's veins, looked at the smear using a candlelit bedside microscope, and found millions of leukemia cells in the blood. Maria slept fitfully late into the evening. Late the next afternoon, as Biermer was excitedly showing his colleagues the specimens of "exquisit Fall von Leukamie" (an exquisite case of leukemia), Maria vomited bright red blood and lapsed into a coma. By the time Biermer returned to her home that evening, the child had been dead for several hours. From its first symptom to diagnosis to death, her galloping, relentless illness had lasted no more than three days." 
- Excerpt from The Emperor of All Maladies, A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee 

It has been 153 years since Biermer's discovery. We have made amazing strides towards fighting childhood cancer (mostly in the last decade) but we are not nearly far enough. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Family Portrait Fundraiser Registration


We're sorry, this registration is now closed!
Thank you for your interest and make sure you LIKE us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on future fundraisers (there may be an additional portrait fundraiser in the future)!

Monday, August 19, 2013

The 4th Annual JTS Memorial Luncheon


For more information, please visit our Facebook page and the JTS Memorial Luncheon event page

For anyone using GPS to navigate to our event the address is:
20 Dairyland Square
Red Lion, Pa 17356 

We have some amazing prizes, raffle and silent auction items, games and activities prepared for you to enjoy and of course the food will be great! Please join us in celebrating the important people in our lives on this special day. Together, we will take another step towards the end of childhood cancer and help many families in our community who need our assistance.

We hope to see you there and make this year better than ever! This event would not be possible without your support and love. We'll see you this weekend as we fight back against childhood cancer in our community! 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

RAFFLE PREVIEW (4th Annual JTS Memorial Luncheon)

As we grow closer and closer to the 4th Annual Memorial Luncheon on August 24th we thought we would share some information with you about one of the most popular features of our luncheon - the raffle!

The list has been finalized - check out what you can win! 

  • Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa in Reno, NV: 2 nights stay
  • Bogey Macaws Tokens & Heritage Hills Mini-Golf
  • Brown's Orchard: $30 Gift Certificate
  • Bulls Head Public House: $25 Gift Certificate
  • Canvas on Demand: $100 Gift Certificate
  • Christmas Tree Shops: $20 Gift Certificate
  • Canvas on Demand: $100 Gift Certificate
  • Christmas Tree Shops: $20 Gift Certificate
  • Cloister Car Wash/Mister Hot Shine: 4 Full Service Car Wash Passes
  • Colony Park Lanes North: 1 Family Party Package
  • Deb's Sugar Shak: $40 Gift Certificate
  • DreamWrights Youth & Family Theatre: 2 Tickets to "Sleepy Hollow"
  • Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre: $52 Gift Certificate
  • Dutch Wonderland: 2 Tickets
  • El Serrano: $15 Gift Certificate
  • Emerald Spring Spa (Hershey): $25 Gift Certificate
  • Flying Feet: $100 Gift Certificate
  • Forge Hill Orchards: $25 Gift Certificate
  • Frontier Airlines: $250 Gift Certificate
  • Giant: $20 Gift Certificate
  • Gourmet Gift Baskets: $20 Gift Certificate
  • Harrisburg Senators: 4 Box Seat Tickets to any 2014 Game
  • Hershey Bears signed hockey stick
  • Hershey Gardens: 4 Tickets
  • Hershey Theatre: 2 Tickets to the Spotlight Tour
  • Home Depot: $25 Gift Certificate
  • HomeGoods: $50 Gift Certificate
  • John H. Myers work bucket, coat, t-shirts and hats
  • Lake Tobias: 9 Adventure Passes
  • Lancaster Brewing Company: $35 Gift Certificate
  • Marino’s: Gift Certificate Bundle 
  • National Aquarium in Baltimore: 2 Passes
  • NY SKYRIDE: 2 Tickets (an $84 value)
  • Philadelphia Zoo: 4 Passes
  • Portrait Innovations: $100 Gift Certificate
  • Rally Stomper Blue Radio Controlled Car
  • Scentsy Buddy - Ribbert the Frog w/ Rio Beach Scent
  • Scentsy Mid-Size Warmer and 3 Pod Packs
  • Silpada: $25 Gift Certificate
  • Smith Village: $50 Gift Certificate
  • Sweet Frog: $25 Gift Certificate
  • Tastefully Simple Gift Set
  • The Fulton Theatre: 2 Tickets to "The Woman in Black"
  • Thirty One Perfect Party Set, Casserole Carrier (Black Plaid)
  • Thirty One Tote-A-Tablet (Island Damask)
  • Treasa's Pizza and Subs: $25 Gift Certificate
  • York City Ice Arena: 5 Passes
  • York Little Theater: 2 Tickets to Any Performance
  • York Revolution Prize Pack (includes 1 ticket)

Please note: raffle ticket winners have their choice of prizes on a first come - first serve basis. If you will be purchasing raffle tickets, please choose a few prizes you are interested in winning before drawings begin in order to make the process more efficient for all of us!

Ticket prices are as follows: $1 for 1; $5 for 8; $10 for 20

We look forward to seeing you at the 4th Annual JTS Memorial Luncheon on this Saturday, August 24th from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at The Great American Saloon in Red Lion, Pa.

Leave us a comment and tell us what you're most interested in winning!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013

Family Portrait Session GIVEAWAY!

Before pre-registration even begins for our Family Portraits at The 4th Annual JTS Memorial Luncheon you have a chance to win a session with Savannah Smith Photography.

Enter for your chance to win a mini portrait session at Samuel S. Lewis State Park on September 14th (you will have the first pick at available time slots) from 3 - 7 p.m.

How do I enter? Visit the form below and... 

  • Tell us why this session is meaningful and important to you! When's the last time you updated your family portraits? Maybe you've never had professional photos taken... we want to know!
  • "LIKE" The Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation on Facebook
  • "LIKE" Savannah Smith Photography on Facebook
  • "Follow" The Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation on Twitter 


One winner will be chosen randomly on Friday, August 16th and announced on The Jedediah Thomas Smith Facebook page and Savannah Smith Photography's Facebook Page.

It will be the responsibility of the winner to contact jtsfoundation@gmail.com to claim their prize within 48 hours. If the winner does not contact JTSF, another winner will be chosen at random.

Congratulations to Tammy Golden! You are the winner of a Family Portrait Session with Savannah Smith Photography and an 8x10 print.

For those who did not win but are still interested in participating in this awesome fundraiser, registration will open to the public at the 4th Annual JTS Memorial Luncheon on August 24th and then online on Tuesday August 27th. Sessions are $25 and 100% of the proceeds benefit the fight against childhood cancer. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

JTSF Rockstar | Trent Golden (July)

Trent lives in York, Pennsylvania with his loving parents Tammy and Mark and his little brother Mickael. Tammy was pregnant with Mickael during Trent’s treatments and for that, she wins a special awesome Cancer Mom award! With one child upstairs on the pediatric Hem/Onc wing, Tammy headed downstairs to maternity to give birth to the newest member of the Golden Family! They are all happy, healthy and celebrating 7 years since Trent’s last chemotherapy treatment this month! - JTSF 


Written by Tammy Golden, Trent’s Mom

My son, Trent, is a kind and loving 14-year-old.  He loves his family, friends and the life he lives.  Even though he has been pricked by needles since the age of 4, he still hates them. There’s no need for us to worry about him getting any piercings or tattoos.

He started swimming while being treated for acute lymphocytic leukemia and has continued love this sport. He will be joining the high school swim team in the fall of 2013. Trent will be celebrating seven years since his last treatment for his cancer in July 2013 (this month). He was deemed cured of his Leukemia in May of 2011.

Trent loves vacationing in Florida – mostly St. Augustine and Disney. But who wouldn’t? He loves all things Penn State and his involvement in The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON). 

At age 4, Trent became very sick while we were on vacation in Florida. He was admitted to the hospital while we were there and we were told he had Scarlet Fever.  From March of 2003 until May 22, 2003, Trent was constantly battling fevers.  Finally, on May 18th, Trent - again - had a fever that included terrible leg pain.  After x-rays and blood work, our pediatrician sent us to the Penn State Hershey Medical Center.  After one more blood drawl, Trent was diagnosed with ALL.


Acute Lymphocytic (or lymphoblastic) Leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells where malignant white blood cells are continuously over-reproduced by the bone marrow. These cancerous white blood cells then infiltrate other organs and organ systems causing damage and death to normal cells.

Trent was immediately admitted to the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital to start treatment. During his three years of treatment he had bone marrow aspirations, x-rays, blood drawls, spinal taps, platelet transfusions, blood transfusions, echocardiograms, MRI’s, chemotherapy and IVIG therapy.

Because Trent was diagnosed at age four, he very rarely complained and always kept a smile on his face, even at the worst of times.  Sometimes he fought us, his nurses and his doctors, but I think it was because he wanted to remain brave. He also wanted everyone to know he was going to have some say about what was being done to him. 

It was very rare to see Trent without a smile on his face.  I think, even at the age of four, he knew part of winning the battle would need to include a positive attitude.  Yes, Trent had cancer, but cancer never had him.  He is the reason we survived as a family.


Trent was a participant in a clinical trial, and we know that informational gathered from his trial during his treatment has been used to improve treatment plans for children now and in the future.  We always stand behind the research and hope that because of the information collected from his treatment, Trent will continue to live his regular, normal life not even realizing everyday, he plays a part in curing other children diagnosed with ALL.

Trent's laid back attitude not only helped him during his treatment, but has also helped us, (as a family) deal with the daily worry and concerns we had during his treatment.  He doesn't see it in himself, but as a mother, I sit back and watch him and know that for the rest of his life he will be doing things that are going to change people for the better.  

As Trent develops into a young man, I know he will spend his life helping others.  As a mom, that feels pretty darn good!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

4th Annual Memorial Luncheon ADVANCE TICKETS

Happy Saturday friends!

Advance tickets for our annual Memorial Luncheon coming up on August 24th are now on sale! You're at the right place too!
Check out the right hand side of the blog above the "Donate Now" button and you should see the PayPal drop down button for "Luncheon Tickets"

You do not have to purchase tickets online, this is purely for your convenience!

Note: This is not viewable on mobile devices! If you can read this post but do not see the right-hand column, try visiting us on a computer! We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Some important notes on purchasing tickets:

  • If your purchasing option is not available (say you'd like to buy 8 adult tickets, but we only offer 2 at a time), please select "1 Adult Ticket" and then visit your cart and you are able to change the quantity!
  • If no matter what you do, your purchasing option is not available, you may have to do two transactions. It sucks, and we're SO SORRY. However, we will reimburse you the shipping in cash when we send you your tickets.
  • Your tickets will be mailed to your PAYPAL ADDRESS. Please make sure that your PayPal address is correct before you submit your purchase!
  • Email us if you have any questions! jtsfoundation@gmail.com or leave us a comment on our Facebook page!

We can't wait to see you on August 24th! More information about the event is coming soon! 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

JTSF Rockstar | Colby Hoch (June)

Written by Judy Hoch, Colby’s mom

Colby was a lot of fun. He loved to go fishing, camping and to the beach. He was fascinated with golf. In fact, he would pass time by watching golf on TV. He thought the golf hats the players would wear sometimes were pretty cool. Whenever we played miniature golf, he would never wait for us. Instead, he would just go on to the next holes because he didn't want to wait for us and because he liked playing so much!

Colby had such a beautiful smile and a wonderful personality. He would break out into a little dance with his feet when he was happy.  He liked to turn up the music real loud and dance in the kitchen if a good song came on. He really loved The Power Rangers, Spiderman, Batman, and Thomas the Train. He enjoyed arts and crafts, and cooking with mom and Katie. He also liked to play in the snow.


My son was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma.

Initially, we thought Colby had a virus because he had a fever at night and it would go down during the day. On the 2nd night he came into bed with us and we heard him make a noise when he was breathing. A chest x-ray was read and they told us it was pneumonia. Days into the antibiotic they had given him, he wasn't getting better, but instead he was getting worse.

Another x-ray showed it was not pneumonia. Colby was admitted to Lehigh Valley Hospital and they discovered a tumor on his adrenal gland. They told us we could not be treated there. We had the choice to go to either CHOP or Hershey – we chose Hershey.

Colby received six months of chemotherapy at Hershey. We were home only 21 days total during that time. Between his 3rd and 4th treatment we flew to LA Children's Hospital to have his bone marrow harvested.


After the first six months at Hershey, we went to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to have his bone marrow transplant. That lasted six weeks. Thankfully for many families, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital now has the facilities and technology to do these transplants without sending patients to other hospitals. But when we were treated, that was not the case.

Within the next three months we had several admissions to CHOP when he became sick. After that, we returned to Hershey and the MIGB scans still showed tumor cells at his original tumor site. That was removed, and we did three months of Retin A treatments.

Colby did not eat for nine months after his transplant. He was hooked up to Hal & Lipids at night. It was a two-year journey of treating his cancer. Then he finally had six months where he was just a kid! He was going to preschool and living a fun kid life before he relapsed. Colby passed away less than a week and a half after his relapse. 


According to Colby

  • No matter what you go through, don’t complain because there are people going through worse things than you
  • Courage is being brave enough to do what you have to do even though you are scared to do it.
  • When you are put in a bad situation, there will always be people there who help you through it and they will become lifelong friends and family to you for having been there for you.
  • Always be helpful to others and treat them how you would want to be treated. 
  • When you greet someone with a smile it will make a difference. 
  • If you are stuck in the hospital for six weeks in a bone marrow transplant, a Power Ranger Sword hidden under your pillow sure does even the playing field when doctors and nurses keep coming in poking you! 
  • Always look for the positive when you’re having a hard time finding it. It’s there – you just haven’t looked in the right place yet. It’s waiting for you to find it sometimes. 
  • If you are thrown into a bad situation, do as Colby told us… make new friends! 
  • When you pay attention to what is going on around you, the answers are usually right there. And when you realize that what you see going on around you could one day happen to you, try to be brave. If you are brave, you’ll help your mom and dad to be brave too.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions, because that is how you learn. 
  • Know the difference between your soul and the sole of your shoe. This is very important because your soul is what goes to heaven when your sole stays behind with your shoes (important Colby lesson learned!). Be sure you know what your soul is, and know the souls of those around you, so that one day you can all find each other. 
And when you know all that, it isn’t so hard to have courage to let yourself go on to the next journey in life.

I know when it's my time to cross over, Colby will be there waiting for me and it will be like we didn't miss a day apart. I will know his soul and he will know mine. We had a long talk about what your soul is and how it is everything that makes you "you", and how it would be easy to find each other knowing each other's souls like we do.

I hope that one day we find a cure for pediatric cancer. And we'll just do what we have to do to support those who are trying to find a cure. For the Kids! We are thankful for the blessings that came along the way during Colby's journey. 

- Judy Hoch (Colby’s Mom) 

And Judy we are thankful for you, Colby and your entire family! You’re an inspirational woman and Colby’s love and life continues to motivate and teach us new things. Thank you, love you! 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Calling all direct selling consultants and local business owners!

Are you a direct selling consultant? Do you own your own business?

Do you want to grow your business and also help fight childhood cancer at the same time? 

The Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation is looking to form an important and meaningful relationship with local direct selling consultants and local small business owners for our upcoming 4th Annual JTS Memorial Luncheon on August 24, 2013.

We recognize and know the importance of entrepreneurship and buying locally within our community.

This event, held annually in the fall, welcomes hundreds of community members to celebrate and remember families and children who are facing an unimaginable battle with childhood cancer. We feature live music, lunch, a raffle and silent auction and more to engage supporters in the fight for a cure. This event is as much about community awareness as it is about fundraising for us. If we can touch one life and explain the impact of childhood cancer, we have succeeded. In three years, our luncheon has raised over $40,000 and we hope to continue to raise the bar so we can always support local families and donate towards groundbreaking research.

Hosted by the fantastic people at the Great American Saloon in Red Lion, Pennsylvania the event offers a great opportunity to showcase your products and business to many local residents!

We are looking for some motivated and wonderful people to donate products or services for our large silent auction and raffle. As a donor, your business name will be featured on our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages leading up to and after the event. Your name will be included on signage throughout the event space and additionally you are encouraged to bring business cards or pamphlets to leave with your donation for guests to take.

If you are interested in this opportunity, we thank you and encourage you to reach out to Savannah or Kristin at jtsfoundation@gmail.com right away!

Our success in this fight means nothing without you. Please, join us today!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

JTSF Rockstar | Bryan Weinsheimer (May)

We absolutely love all of our Rockstar’s and are blessed to have the opportunity to share their stories with all of you. This Rockstar has a special place in our hearts. His family means a lot to us and we are so proud of everything he accomplishes. 

Bryan Weinsheimer loves school and is a social butterfly. He likes to play soccer and enjoys riding his bike! He also loves the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) and anything related to Penn State! We were lucky to meet Bryan through THON a few years ago.

Bryan’s parents, Tiffany and Jack, live with their two boys, Bryan and Braydan, in Lancaster. Braydan is in 2nd grade and loves dancing and soccer. He is an awesome little brother! 

During the summer of 2007 (Bryan was 6 years old at the time) the Weinsheimer’s went on vacation to the beach.  Bryan complained he didn’t feel well and didn’t want to do anything during the entire trip. When they returned home, he was still sick so they took him to their family doctor. He was diagnosed with a stomach bug and sent home with medication.   

After a few days of him not feeling any better, Bryan was taken back to the doctor but sent home with another diagnosis of migraines. A few days later he still was not feeling well so once again his parents took him back to the doctor.  This time the doctor looked into his eyes and thought that she was able to see some brain swelling.  He was then admitted to the local hospital for an MRI.

The night of the MRI at about 11:30 p.m., two doctors and a nurse came into the room and told the family that the results were in.  Bryan was diagnosed with a tumor in the middle of his brain that was the size of a golf ball.

Bryan was taken to the Penn State Hershey Medical Center that night via ambulance at 1:30 a.m.  When Bryan was in the ambulance, he asked the drivers where we were going.  They told him he was going to Hershey.  He said, “Wow! We are going to Hershey Park this late at night?”

Bryan was monitored all night and in the morning he was seen by the neurosurgeon.  He sent him for another MRI; this one was two hours long. Finally, after a biopsy it was confirmed that he had some cancerous cells in the tumor.

Two weeks later, Bryan was scheduled for brain surgery to remove the tumor.  This surgery was 10 hours long but because of the location of the tumor they were only able to remove 90%. He was in the PICU for two days following the surgery and three days later, Bryan came home. He was unable to walk and needed to be carried up the steps. He needed to go to therapy twice a day, three times a week. 

After receiving chemotherapy for three months, then another surgery to make sure that the entire tumor was gone, Bryan had six weeks of radiation therapy. Each day before school we would drive about 45 minutes one way for 16 minutes of radiation, then drive home so Bryan could attend kindergarten.

One of the last major steps in this process was the Gamma Knife surgery. Bryan had the Gamma Knife surgery, which is a high dose of radiation to blast the remainder of the tumor away.  This surgery was almost $250,000.


With all of the treatment and tests that Bryan had to and has to continue to go through, he remains positive.  He is a great big brother and always is willing to help someone out when they need it.

He remembers to keep his humor about a lot of the horrible things that he is going through. On April 8, 2013, Bryan celebrated a monumental five years cancer free! We are so very proud of him and can’t wait to see what is next for him! 


In the future, Bryan has plans to attend Penn State University and hopefully dance in THON to celebrate and honor other children fighting like he did.

On May 29th, Bryan will celebrate his 12th birthday! Happy Birthday Bryan! We love you!