Our Smile-A-Mile story began in the spring of 1996. Our son, Matt, was four years old and I was desperate to find some hope and support to help us navigate through the childhood cancer journey. I found that hopeful and caring community through the years as we participated in Smile-A-Mile activities from family events, sibling events, and week-long camp for Matt. Fast forward to the present. Matt is now twenty-eight years old, healthy, happy and hopeful for the future. We are a family of faith and give gratitude for God’s blessing of healing and prosperity. We also recognize that the relationships Matt built and continues to foster within the Smile-A-Mile community supported and advised him as he made major life decisions. As a mother, I cannot say thank you enough to the counselors, volunteers and staff who loved him, cared for him, supported and encouraged him through these many years. Your dedication and service often goes without recognition, but I want you to know that this Mother sees you, thanks you, and recognizes your role in healing my heart. Our family’s SAM story has come full circle as Matt and I now serve together as volunteers sharing the vision of hope with other families.