St. Joseph Academy of Walton, KY is pleased to announce that May 19th, 2017 will be officially been proclaimed “DIPG Awareness Day” & May will be Brain Cancer Awareness Month in the state of Kentucky by Governor Matthew Bevin.
Brooklyn Smith — a former student of St. Joseph Academy — was diagnosed with DIPG in January 2016 and died from the disease in April 2017. Saint Joseph Academy surrounded the Smith family with prayers, financial support, and words of encouragement. The middle school students took on a special writing assignment during the year. Students wrote to the governor asking him to declare May 19th DIPG Awareness Day for the State of Kentucky. The writing topic was near and dear to them, which nurtured their best writing. The letters gave students a voice and an opportunity to make a difference.
Their persuasive letters resonated with the governor; as a result, a proclamation for DIPG Day and Brain Tumor Awareness Month will be signed on Friday, May 19th from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the State Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort.
“Asking the governor to declare a DIPG Day was extremely important to our students’ hearts.” says Principal, Sr. Elizabeth Ann Barkett. “Our students were very involved with the support for Brooklyn as soon as she was diagnosed and also involved in the Smile for Brooklyn Inc. Charity. Brooklyn’s mom, Brittany Smith, is also one of our middle school teachers. I continue to be proud of our students and am glad that they have learned their hard work has paid off. We look forward to being present at the Capitol to witness this event.”
Governor Bevin understands the importance of increasing public awareness of brain cancer to Kentucky residents. Now, as a state, we can fight these diseases together! Brooklyn’s story inspires us daily to be a voice for others and help us spread brain cancer awareness.