Tanner Smith, age 19, passed away Saturday night after a courageous fight with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. My heart has been so heavy from this news. Last December I first met Kristi, Tanner's mother, in a parent craft hour at Primary Children's Medical Center. We were the only people who showed up and it only took a few minutes to figure out that we were both from Cache Valley. It was peace to my soul to meet another mom from our valley and it was a great comfort to be her friend.
I have been greatly impressed with Tanner's parents, Kristi and Robert, who have been such strong examples for me. Every time I have been in their presence I have felt their devotion to their Savior and their devotion to their family. They have been through a lot with Tanner's cancer and I know that they will be greatly blessed through these difficulties. Even through all that the Smith's have been through this weekend, Robert took the time to call me tonight and share some tender thoughts and moments his family had with Tanner. I will forever be grateful for the friendships and the support group we have around us. Please continue to pray for the Smith family as they continue to heal.