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John Pershing Smith II- Obituary
Posted by mks on Wednesday, September 09 @ 17:57:41 EDT (2832 reads)
Topic John P Smith II
John Pershing Smith, II

Born: November 09, 1973

Died: July 21, 2009

Services will be held at: the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun, MD, 300 Biggs Highway, Rising, Sun, MD on Saturday July 25, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation times are: at the fire company on Friday July 24 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm John Pershing Smith, II, 35, of Rising Sun, MD, passed away July 21, 2009 at Union Hospital after a battle with melanoma. A lifetime resident of Rising Sun, he was born in Elkton, MD on November 9, 1973, the son of the late David Pershing and Ann McCardell Smith. He was 1991 graduate of Rising Sun High School. In 1990, he joined the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun and also worked as a dispatcher at the Rising Sun Police department. While with the Community Fire Company, he rose to the rank of Captain and was active in securing multiple grants for equipment and training. He was also on the committee for purchasing Truck 861, Rescue 871 and Engine 815. John began his career with the Annapolis Fire Department in August of 2000, graduating first in his class, and achieved the rank of firefighter first class. While with the Annapolis Fire Department, he was assigned to the special operations team and was an instructor for Annapolis recruit class number 1. He enjoyed cycling and was a strong supporter of the Lance Armstrong Foundation. John was an avid Baltimore Ravens fan. His first love was being a dad and will be dearly missed by family and his many friends. He is survived by his wife Mary and his son Nathaniel, both at home as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and other family. A funeral service will be held at the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun, MD, 300 Biggs Highway, Rising, Sun, MD on Saturday July 25, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Friends and family may call at the fire company on Friday July 24 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. Burial will be in Brookview Cemetery. Charitable contributions in Johnís memory may be made to Nathaniel Smith Scholarship fund c/o R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A., PO Box 248, 111 S. Queen St., Rising Sun, MD 21911.


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John Pershing Smith II, November 9, 1973 - July 21, 2009
Posted by mks on Wednesday, July 22 @ 07:00:55 EDT (2692 reads)
Topic John P Smith II
It is with great saddness that I report that John passed away July 21, 2009. If love could cure cancer, he'd be alive and well, but sadly that is not the case. John embodied "LiveStrong." He was a fighter till the end and like everything in life he gave it his all. John was also a very simple man, when asked about his cancer he'd often say, "it is what it is." Throughout his illness, he never lost his sense of humor and he was always concerned for Nathaniel and myself. He will be greatly missed by everybody who knew and loved him. My life will never be the same, but I'm a much better person for having known him and he'll always be the love of my life.


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A look back on my LIVESTRONG Challenge
Posted by jpsmith2 on Tuesday, December 02 @ 21:09:15 EST (3319 reads)
Topic John P Smith II
First of all, I want to apologize for taking so long to write this final summary of my LIVESTRONG Challenge experience, which took place August 24th near Philadelphia.

As you may remember, the LIVESTRONG Challenge is the Lance Armstrong Foundationís signature fundraising event inspired by the hope, courage and perseverance of Lance and the nearly 12 million Americans affected by cancer. Each year thousands of people take the Challenge, uniting individuals to stand together to fight cancer. This was my first year participating, and I chose to ride the 100 mile option. It was both a personal challenge and a way to honor those affected by cancer.

I learned of the LIVESTRONG Challenge last year, in the aftermath of my surgery to remove the malignant melanoma from my chest and as I was becoming very interested in cycling. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to take my new found love and use it, not only as a way to show cancer that it cannot defeat me, but to honor the memory of my parents- both of whom I lost to cancer, and to do something to help eliminate this terrible disease from the face of the Earth.

So I registered in January 2008 and sent out my first round of emails to friends, family, and coworkers. The response was tremendous and by the end of the month I was well on my way to my fundraising goal. As the year went by, I continued to send out updates of my progress as I worked on building up my cycling endurance, and the donations kept coming.

It was my goal not just to finish the Challenge, but to do so strongly and in a reasonable time. My first ride of the season was on March 23rd and I did my best to ride as often as possible. I rode into work each shift along the B&A Trail, from Glen Burnie to Annapolis which would take about an hour and each week I tried to get in a longer ride that I had the week before.

I was doing pretty good until July when cycling took a back seat as the birth of our son Nathaniel approached. As Mary got closer to her due date, I quit riding the bike into work in case I needed to make a fast getaway. Prior to the day of the Challenge the only ride I had on my bike in two months was 80 miles on August 9th as I participated in the Kent County Lions Club's "Ride to See" which took me from Galena to Rock Hall and back.


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Nathaniel Pershing
Posted by jpsmith2 on Sunday, July 20 @ 00:43:58 EDT (4082 reads)
Topic Nathaniel Pershing
Here's a quick annoucement & pictures from the hospital's online nursery. Sorry if we haven't talked in person yet, but we'll get to you. We'll edit this story too and make it a little better.

The down & dirty.....
Went for weekly OB appointment Tuesday afternoon (15th) the day after his due date, Mary had lots of edema and her blood pressure was up. Doc thought it might be the beginnings of preeclampsia and told her the she just bought herself a trip to the hospital. Sent us home with instructions to pack our bags and head to Bel Air.

Got to the hospital, direct admit around 8:30 or so. Got settled in, they let Mary eat something and started her on Pitocin around 10:30pm and slowly built up the amount overnight. Shortly before 4am her water broke and she went into active labor. She got an IV shot of Nubain pain killer around 5am, decided on the epidural at 6am. By 10am she was fully dialated. At about noon she felt like she had to push. Doc & nurse came in and she started pushing. By 12:15 she had the hang of it and was pushing really well. 12:54 Big Nate burst his way into the world.

Mary was cut & torn & ripped and they went into hurry up mode to try & get her stitched back together. Poor girl, I think that part was worse than the labor on her. The unnamed at the time Nathan was whisked away by the hospital pediatrician to be checked out because Mary had meconium in her amniotic fluid and they wanted to make sure he hadn't inhaled any.

All is well with both. Breastfeeding seems to be going well. Mary seems to be holding her own.

Everybody was released from the hospital and came home on Friday the 18th, after meeting John's aunts. We're settling in and getting the hang of things- so far - and looking forward to welcoming Gramps & Gramma Brown this weekend.

Check out the gallery pics!


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Leaky Creek goes green!
Posted by mks on Saturday, July 05 @ 21:39:00 EDT (4093 reads)
Topic Leaky Creek Farm
Today, we received our recycling bin from our trash company, Independent Disposal Services (IDS). A few weeks ago, John called to set up recycling. IDS just recently started a recyling program- they do charge extra for it and they only collect every other week, but hey... it's a step in the right direction. Every little step helps.

I'll feel much better to be reycling, for years it has bothered me at the amount of trash that we throw away that could be recycled.

We try to conserve energy and be environmentally concious when we can. We also have solar charger for our electric fence and a few solar lights around the flower beds and front walk. Composted manure is spread back on the fields. I suppose you could also say that some of our grass is "cut" by the horses in the back field. We also have a digital thermostat & keep the temperature a little warmer than most people in the summer & a little cooler in the winter. We also go "paperless" with a number of our bills.

With the price of gas being so high, I've made a very concious effort to combine trips, so I'm conserving gas. I also think 'is a trip necessary?' before I make the drive. Often, I decide to just stay at home. John saves gas, gets exercise, and has a lot of fun riding his bike part way to work. He does this almost every shift when the weather is good!

Both of our jobs are involved in helping the environment as well. Annapolis Fire Department has a recycling program and has seen a drastic drop in the amount of trash that is disposed of. Bank of America has paper and soda bottle recycling programs. They also have drastically reduced the amount of paper memos that were produced by sending memos via e-mail. Most of their education classes are also conducted online instead of having printed packets. Bank of America also encourages customers to go paperless. In 2007 they rolled out a $20 billion dollar, 10 year initiative to address climate change & help the environment- more on that can be found here- http://www.bankofamerica.com/environment/ -- if you're interested.

I hope in the future we can find other ways to help the environment. If we do our parts and look for more ways to help the environment then hopefully our son can reap the benefits.


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