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Leaves of Life

Dance like there's no tomorrow.
Each new day is a reminder that every day is a new beginning.
Live it to the fullest! -Lanita Smith, RN

"Leaves of Life" was created in part through the generosity of family and friends in loving memory of Lanita (Karst) Smith.

Lanita worked as the Director of Medical/Surgical and Inpatient Oncology Services at HaysMed for many years. Lanita passed away in the fall of 2007 from breast cancer. Lanita's dedication to her family and to her work even through her last days will live in our hearts forever. She made a poitive difference for all who were fortunate enough to have known her. Her legacy remains one of service and of love.


The Leaves of Life sculpture by James Mages, located in the Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute, honors the memory of loved ones and celebrates survivors of cancer.

Your gift of $250 or more will honor your loved one and support the programs and services offered at the Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute. Complete the following information if you would like to participate. You will receive notice when the leaf has been placed on the "Leaves of Life" tree.