A courageous fighter
More than 40 teams in the L&N Pool League spent a recent afternoon at the Northampton American Legion Post 353 waiting to see who would be declared the winner.
At the event Feb. 23, 44-year-old Lisa Smothers of Schnecksville, who is fighting cancer, was in many ways crowned a winner.
The event, dubbed "Fight for Lisa," took place at the American Legion at 15th Street and Dewey Avenue in Northampton.
It included a number of pool contestants, many of whom either served in the military or had fathers, mothers or grandparents who served.
They all came together for one reason – to raise money for the mother of three to cope with the financial strains of fighting cancer.
Taking a moment to set aside their pool sticks, the contestants signed their names on a banner proclaiming their support for the true champion of the benefit event – Smothers.
The billiard players, coming from all across the Lehigh Valley, did more than put their names on the banner. They raised $3,400.
"I am overwhelmed," said Smothers, who was stunned by the generous support she received from the crowd of people, most of whom she never met before. "It will go to paying bills and putting some aside."
Smothers said she had just purchased a new car before learning she had cancer.
She said her battle with cancer began last August when she first noticed a lump in her neck.
"I first thought it would go away," she said.
A chest x-ray and other tests revealed, however, that the problem involved her clavicle and cancer.
Although doctors have told her she has about a year to live, Smothers is not giving up.
She recently completed 4-1/2 months of intense chemotherapy, commenting, "My hair is growing back."
She also takes medication daily and can now work only 12 hours a week at her job with Coordinated Health.
Smothers said her children, Caitlyn, 22, Samantha, 19 and Dylan, 12, along with a legion of fiends, give her the support she needs to win her battle with cancer.
Thomas Hawk, president of the L&N Pool League, said the event has taken place at the Northampton American Legion for the past eight years to benefit those struggling with health issues.