Northwest NEWS

September 23, 2002

Editorial

Family needs support and help from community


   Country Squire Home Furnishings opened a little over a year ago in Woodinville. It is a wonderful consignment/new furniture store that has been a great addition to our business community. Blair and Lisa Smith, along with Lisa's mother, Sandy, are the owners of the store.
   As some of you may have read last week and in prior letters, Blair Smith is battling Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and the battle is not going well.
   As of the past few weeks, doctors have determined that there is no further treatment to try and combat Blair's cancer. He is now living with tremendous pain and is in and out of the hospital for chronic infections that are compounding his illness.
   Blair's parents have moved to Woodinville to assist in the care of their son and to help Blair and Lisa care for their two young children while Lisa manages the business with Sandy, tries to maintain some sense of normalcy for her sons, and of course, help Blair cope with his pain and illness.
   I would like to encourage our community to visit their store and refer friends and family to their business. We can continue to show our support of this Woodinville family by bringing them our business as well as driving new customers their way. We can also continue to say a prayer for them, offer our help if possible, give them a shoulder and let them know that we are here for them.
   Donations to the Smith Family Fund can be made to any Washington Mutual Bank or by calling (425) 483-9393.
   Jennifer Elden, Woodinville