You may recall a few weeks back, we posted a story about BHS Welding teacher Shelby Smith and his family.
The Smith’s have 4 children, three of whom have medical conditions requiring frequent visits to Dallas and Houston for treatment. Things took a turn for the worse this summer when what was presumed to be scoliosis in their 13-year-old daughter, Emily, turned out to be a very invasive spinal tumor. After a difficult search for the right medical team, they now feel they are in the best hands at Texas Children’s in Houston, but this is over 500 miles from their home. And Emily’s case is so unusual and complex that a medical journal article is already underway to track her situation for broader medical teaching purposes.
Given how serious Emily’s condition is, the family does not know when they will be able to return to West Texas, and due to COVID restrictions, wait lists, etc, the Ronald McDonald House may not be an option for the foreseeable future. COVID is also preventing them from being together with Emily in the hospital room at the same time, so they take shifts throughout the day and have a room at a nearby economy hotel as their home base. Lora’s Mom is helping care for the other three children back in West Texas, and this includes the trips to Dallas for medical care as mentioned above.
The bottom line of all this is that there was a huge need for some financial support that the Smith family was certainly not going to ask for. A call was put out to this great community and an account was established at Brownfield Credit Union. That was on September 29.
Here we are right at a month later. Rhonda Duncan, Manager of the Credit Union, notified BISD Superintendent Chris Smith on Monday that he might want to contact Shelby. The account had grown to a whopping $43,168! Chris stated, “He was speechless and said he didn’t even know what to say. Shelby and his family epitomize what a hard working, dependable West Texas family is. I am humbled and so very proud of our community for coming together in order to help a family that has done good things for Brownfield.”
Shelby told TownTalkRadio, “We were speechless. The generosity of this incredible community towards our family is simply unbelievable and greatly appreciated. It is so humbling to see how the Lord provided through the individuals of Brownfield and Terry County. We are so grateful.”
Can you say “WOW?” The generosity of individuals and groups in helping the Smiths care for their children without financial worry is just amazing. In this day where we see so many thinking only of themselves, this is like a breath of fresh air. Please continue to lift the Smith family up in your prayers.
Have we said lately how blessed we are to live in this great community? And all the people said, “AMEN!”