Wyatt N. Smith Fund

This campaign ends on June 30 at 11:59PM EDT

Living life to the fullest. Making every day all that it can be. Worthy goals for each of us and Wyatt’s wish for everyone.

The family and friends of Wyatt N. Smith have created an endowment in memory of Wyatt and his fierce passion to live a full and balanced life, even while facing stage-four cancer. Diagnosis and treatment of cancer is quite a journey to undertake, with a unique set of additional challenges for young patients. It was Wyatt’s fervent hope that other people who would walk the path he did would have the caring and support he did. The primary purpose of the endowment is to do just that through education, research, advocacy, outreach and other Ruesch Center programs intended to support young adults and families impacted by gastrointestinal cancers. 

The endowment is being managed by the Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center where Wyatt was treated and supported by an incredible medical team. This site is among the primary tools for growing the Wyatt N. Smith Fund, and 100% of donations will go towards its mission of supporting young adults impacted by colorectal and other gastrointestinal cancers. Gifts may also be sent to:

Attn: Kristi Augenblick
The Ruesch Center (Wyatt N. Smith Fund)
Office of Development
3300 Whitehaven St NW Ste 4000
Washington, DC  20007

It was incredibly important to Wyatt to share his story as often as possible in hopes it would help spread awareness in the medical community about the growing number of young adults impacted by colorectal cancer. He also wanted to use his voice to provide encouragement and hope to others going through a similar experience. Learn more about Wyatt’s journey in his own words.

About Georgetown Lombardi: Since its establishment in 1970, Georgetown Lombardi has been committed to providing adults and children with cancer with the best treatment available today while developing tomorrow’s cures through cutting-edge research. As the only comprehensive cancer center in Washington, D.C, Georgetown Lombardi has made tremendous breakthroughs and advancements in cancer research and treatments, saving countless lives along the way, and holding true to Georgetown University’s guiding principle of cura personalis, “care for the whole person.”

With over 1.6 million Americans expected to be diagnosed with cancer this year and declining funding for cancer research, your support of Georgetown Lombardi is more valued than ever. Philanthropy enables the researchers at Georgetown Lombardi to advance the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of cancer through scientific discoveries in the lab and the clinic.

About the Ruesch Center: Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers are the most common and most fatal of all cancers, yet they do not receive the same advocacy support and funding as breast, lung, prostate, or skin cancers. This year, 300,000 Americans will be diagnosed with a GI cancer and more than 50% will die from it within five years. 

At the Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers, our mission is to integrate scientific discoveries with a patient-centered philosophy to transform the standard of care with a vision of curing every person with GI cancer. 

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Shelley W Smith
Leigh & Michael Bailey
Garrett Golubin
Rebecca M Robuck
Julia Bryan
Margaret Bowen
Whitney and Alan Lanier
Bruce Cosgrove and Anne Bryan
Caroline O’Neill
Maeve and Matt
Troy Buckley
Lucy Weathers
Stephani Tindall
Zach Garfinkel
Timothy F Heil
Christine Broad
Madison & Ryann Smith
Laura Spencer
Amy McElroy
Jamie Chambers
Michael & Shelley Smith
Michael & Shelley
Rosie Mills
Shelley Smith
Cody and Bianca
Whitney and Alan Lanier
Michael & Shelley Smith
Casey and Mary Catherine Fitzpatrick
Garrett Golubin
Christine and Jeff Broad
The Waltons and Claudette Cope
Tracey Gardiner
Eric Cullen
Leigh Claffey
Sloane Wimberly
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