In the Smith family, passion runs deep.

“In June she was on the soccer field for three weeks, five days a week, Julienne Smith said.

11-year old Miah Smith plays goalie for the Princeton Middle School Soccer team. After a summer afternoon practice, Miah felt a bump on her neck.

“The next morning she woke up with one right above her collarbone that was at least twice the size of this one,” Julienne said.

Worried that it may be something more, Julienne and her husband were aggressive. After a surgery that removed the lymph nodes in her neck and collarbone, doctors…

“Determined it was Hodgkin’s Lymphoma,” she said.

“It’s hard to see someone you love so much suffer and you can’t do anything about it,” Anelisa Smith, Miah’s sister said.

Anelisa Smith, Miah’s sister, remembers getting a text from her father.

“It was the worst news I’ve ever had to hear, um, it’s a day I will never forget, she, it breaks my heart, I was so overwhelmed,” Anelisa said.

The Smith family has made several trips to Wake Forest University in North Carolina for chemotherapy treatment.
    
Julienne says when her hair began falling out, Miah asked if she could shave it all off, that’s when Anelisa stepped in and shaved it for her.
    
It’s just one of many examples, her soccer family is also right there with her.

“Miah said one day, um, she says, wow mom I never realized how many friends I had and I thought that was the cutest thing,” Julienne said.

Although Miah may not be able to play with her teammates as much, she hasn’t missed a step.

On Tuesday, September 13th, 2016, Miah and her family will go back to Wake Forest for another round of chemo treatment, but not without the support from her friends and teammates.

“For us to see people come out of their way to help us means the world,” Anelisa said.
A soccer clinic will be held September 24th to help raise money for Miah and her family. For more information, please contact East River Soccer Association.