The Smith College Pioneer Softball team will be playing a game against WPI on April 11th, 2020, in support of thyroid cancer awareness. All the money raised prior to and during the game will be donated to Dr. Gregory Randolph of Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary, the director of the Division of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery.
Here is a statement from Emma, a recent Thyroid Cancer survivor, a patient of Dr. Randolph, and a member of the Pioneer softball team:
About two weeks after I got home from my first year at Smith, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. It was the worst day of my life, I was only nineteen years old and a student-athlete; completely healthy until I wasn’t. I spent my whole summer going from doctors appointments to lab tests and back, all the while having to wake up every morning and remember that I have cancer. Waiting for my surgery was the longest six weeks of my life; every day seemed to take an eternity and knowing that I had something that could kill me growing inside of me made being positive really hard. So in the moments where I couldn't be strong, I relied on my family and friends, including my SCSB family. Even though I didn't share many details of what I was going through day to day with my teammates, I could somehow always rely on that well-timed supportive text when I needed it most. Getting to come back to Smith this fall wasn't just exciting for me, it was exciting for the whole team. They welcomed me with open arms and the brightest of smiles, a quality of this team I will always be grateful for.
Sadly, most people that have to fight this terrible disease don't have the support or resources I do. Thyroid cancer is the 9th most common cancer globally and is only becoming more frequent in recent years. It turns your life, and the lives of everyone who loves you, upside down. It forces you to appreciate the beautiful moments, and more than anything it forces you to fight for hope and life. So please join me and my amazing Smith Softball team in fighting for a long and healthy life for every thyroid cancer survivor.
- Emma Gardecki #12
Thyroid Cancer Survivor 2019