A generous donor with a winning spirit is helping others triumph over paralysis
By Cathy Alton
Photograph By William DeShazer
Feeling the Pain
Smith knows just how much neuropathic pain can affect your life and add to the challenges of being paralyzed.
“It feels like there’s electricity moving up and down your skin all day long — the pain doesn’t stop,” she said.
In recent years, Smith has faced even more challenges, including a rare form of ovarian cancer and hip pain that forced her to lie flat on her stomach for 23 hours a day. But no matter how difficult things get, she remains dedicated to making a difference for others who are paralyzed.
“I take special pride in supporting The Miami Project because I can see the results,” she said. “I know progress is being made, and that fills me with hope.”