My name is Tim Smith from St. Louis Mo. I am an Army Operation Freedom Veteran that was in the Army from 2003-2007 and served in Iraq in 2004. When I was deployed there we were at first stationed at Thunder FOB in Baghdad and later on we were extended to FOB St. Michael in Mummidyah Iraq. I was with First Armored Division 4-27FA SVC BTRY. While deployed I did a good amount of security for convoys, guard duty, detainee guard and log packs. I was also exposed to the burn pit over there about a quarter mile away from FOB St. Michaels. I had some difficulty when I was Honorably Discharged from the Army and could not find work for about 6 months. I was very fortunate to be the first St Louis Mission Continues Fellow in 2008 and a Pat Tillman Military Scholar in 2009. With these experiences I was able to start Patriot Commercial Cleaning in 2011. I started cleaning buildings and over time I was able to start hiring more veterans and family members of veterans. At the beginning of 2016 things were going great. I had about 35 veterans employed and 8 family members of veterans working. I was on top of the world getting featured in TIME Magazine, INC 500, American Airlines, and some local media. In February 2017 I was hit hard with some very scary words. They told me that I had lung cancer; I turned white as a ghost and could not believe this. 3 weeks later they told me it was in Stage IIA and it was a mutation called EFRG. I was very fortunate and caught it quick; my pulmonologist said I should think about it like winning the lottery. I played high Scholl basketball and a little over 2 years in college and never smoked because I was an athlete. My son Timmy Jr was 10 years old at the time and Tyler was about 7 years. March 18th 2016 they took out 25% of my right lung. I had to let that heal for about 5 weeks. I remember at the time I was 37 years old. I remember the next day the people on my floor at the hospital would call me squeaky because my walker would make a lot of noise. Most of the patients on my floor were about 70 years old. When I played basketball I was a shooter; this is the first time I was ever called speedy! Lol. After I healed then I had to start 4 rounds of chemo. The chemo rounds were pretty tough because I couldn't hold down any food. Especially the third and fourth round because I was very week. At times I could hardly climb up to bed because I would be seeing stars because I had no energy because I could not hold anything down. At the same time I felt very fortunate because I had the support from my awesome wife Terri and my boys also along with other people providing me support. I would tell myself everyday that I was healing and truly believed it. I would walk at least 10 minutes every day outside and towards the end of the rounds of chemo I could walk about 45 minutes. July 5th 2016 God answered my prayers and I have been in remission ever since and doing really well. I see my Doctor every 3 months to check in and make sure everything is good. To be honest this was a very challenging and scary time for me and my family. That is why I want to try and raise funds to help other people like me that were in the same situation. I am also working with the Chris Draft Foundation so that the Dept of Veterans Affairs Doctors can try to get as much information from the veterans to see if they might need a lung screening. It saved my life and I hope to try and get the word out to help out some other veterans catch it early.