Seated comfortably at her kitchen table, Laurie Smith set about answering the many questions set before her. She pored over the details of her own life — diet, exercise, allthe personal habits developed over time.
It was a unique experience, looking ather own life under a microscope, butSmith was happy to do it, happy to playa part in the Tomorrow Project.
Smith, 45, was only a teenager when shefirst experienced the devastation cancercan cause.
“We all grew up with a big group ofkids in Calgary, and one of the guysI hung out with was 14 when he wasdiagnosed with cancer,” she says. Afterhaving his leg amputated and othersurgeries, Smith’s friend passed awayshortly after his 18th birthday.
In the 25 years since, Smith has lostan aunt, a mother-in-law and two closefriends to the disease.
One of her friends — who never once
smoked a cigarette — died of lung cancer
Why Albertans aresigning up to be a partof the Tomorrow Projectand help shape thefuture of medicineBy JENNIFEr ALLFOrDIllustrations by EDWArD KWONG
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