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, all
the personal habits developed over time.
It was a unique experience, looking at
her own life under a microscope, but
Smith was happy to do it, happy to play
a part in the Tomorrow Project.
Smith, 45, was only a teenager when she
first experienced the devastation cancer
“We all grew up with a big group of
kids in Calgary, and one of the guys
I hung out with was 14 when he was
diagnosed with cancer,” she says. After
having his leg amputated and other
surgeries, Smith’s friend passed away
shortly after his 18th birthday.
In the 25 years since, Smith has lost
an aunt, a mother-in-law and two close
friends to the disease.
One of her friends — who never once
smoked a cigarette — died of lung cancer
Why Albertans are
signing up to be a part
of the Tomorrow Project
and help shape the
future of medicine
By JENNIFEr ALLFOrD
Illustrations by EDWArD KWONG
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