"Finding grace, through the fight"

SWIFTWATER, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - She may be small, but she's making a big difference. A six-year-old girl is helping her grandmother fight cancer.

The gym at Pocono Mountain East High School was packed for a charity basketball game.  Six-year-old Grace Smith came up with the idea.  She wanted to do something to make her Nana smile.

"We're having a benefit for my Nana, she has pancreatic cancer," says Grace Smith.

Lisa was diagnosed when she was 48-years-old.  "I've beaten the odds.  It'll be six years, and you don't make it that long.  I was stage four," says Lisa Smith.

The community rallies behind her.  The basketball players signed a ball for her.  And people wrote encouraging messages on a banner, letting her know, that no one has to fight alone.

"She is a shining example for all people that whatever you're going through you can do it with grace and dignity," says Michelle Allison.

The event is called "finding grace, through the fight".  It's named after six-year-old Grace, here Nana's biggest supporter.

The money raised tonight will go beyond this community.  Part of the proceeds will go toward Jefferson hospital in Philadelphia and to cancer research.

Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the country. 

Saturday's event was hosted by the high school faculty and St. Mark's Community Lutheran Church.  Those involved hope it's the first of many cancer benefits.


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