Elizabeth’s Story


Elizabeth Smider 2008

Elizabeth Smider was a vibrant wife and mother of two young children when she was diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer on a screening mammogram in 2007. She fought the disease through multiple chemotherapy regimens, including clinical trials, and ultimately passed away on Christmas Eve, 2008. She inspired her family, friends, and others who witnessed her grace and determination through her battle.

Elizabeth worked as an optometrist in San Francisco and San Diego and was dedicated to helping her patients. Her family and friends started ESF in 2009 to continue the fight against the disease that took her from her loved ones.

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