There is nothing quite so touching than seeing a child battle a serious illness. For lack of a few dollars and limited medical basics, many children in struggling countries loose that battle each day. And across the world, the pediatric patient treatment experience is often overshadowed by the clinical nature of the treatment itself.
For this reason, we established the Color Me A Cure Foundation.
Our Mission is to improve the patient treatment experience and survivability outcomes in the field of pediatric oncology. Our focus is on pediatric art therapy and on pediatric oncology programs in underdeveloped and developing countries.
Our inspiration came from our experience with the pediatric oncology treatment and support programs at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. A dedicated team of doctors and staff made all of us – the young patients and their families alike – feel like we could take on the challenges together as an extended family and win as a team. We became inspired by what we saw and what we learned from these extraordinary people.
We learned about the importance of holistic mind and body care in overall survivability rates. We saw compassionate professionals and modern cancer-fighting drugs help kids win the battle, and it was heart-warming to see how activities that engaged the young patients in art projects lifted their spirits and contributed enormously to their mental wellbeing and overall healing.
Most pediatric cancers have a high curable rate when detected early, but a lack of trained staff, medical facilities and medicines in underdeveloped and developing countries significantly lowers the prognosis for long-term health. Color Me A Cure will make funds available to support pediatric art therapy programs and to establish holistic pediatric oncology treatment and support programs in these countries, where just a few dollars can dramatically increase a child’s chances of survival.
By joining us in supporting Color Me A Cure, you will help make it possible to improve the overall treatment experience for young cancer patients and to extend it to those in underdeveloped and developing countries so that they will receive the treatment and care they need to win the battle.
More than 10 million cancer survivors are alive in the United States, at least 270,000 of whom were originally diagnosed when they were under the age of 21.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in children (after accidents). About 1,350 children younger than 15 years old are expected to die from cancer in 2014.
According to recent WHO estimates, cancer claims the lives of around 100 000 children before the age of 15 every year worldwide. 94% of these deaths occur in low-income countries.
Smith co-founded the Color Me A Cure Foundation with his wife Julia in 2013. His support of philanthropic causes also includes positions on the advisory boards of the Rosetta Foundation and the Aslan Foundation.
Smith and Julia founded Welocalize, a global company and leader in translation and localization solutions, in 1997. Smith is CEO of the company which has more than 600 employees worldwide.
Smith is a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans with a BA in English. Following his graduation, Smith served in the U.S. Army as a Field Artillery officer in Operation Desert Storm in Iraq. He received the Bronze Star for his service.
In his free time, Smith enjoys to perform with his band Fuzzy Match, where he is the lead guitarist.
Smith, Julia and their family live in Washington DC.
Julia co-founded the Color Me A Cure Foundation with her husband Smith in 2013. She is also the co-founder of Welocalize, a global company and leader in translation and localization solutions. She holds the post of Vice President of Finance.
Julia is a graduate of the University of Latvia with a BA in economics. Following graduation, Julia founded a successful leather goods manufacturer in Riga, Latvia.
Julia enjoys and supports the arts, and is an avid traveler.