Community plans raffle to help family fighting cancer

Riley and Brittany Smith have always loved being involved in their community and helping out with coaching and umpiring kids’ baseball teams. 

They have two boys and are beloved by those who know them. But this year, the community has a chance to give back in a big way. 

Brittany Smith has been diagnosed with terminal adrenocortical carcinoma. 

In the coming weeks and months, she is going to require treatments and surgery that will result in a significant financial burden. 

To help make this burden easier for the Smith family to bear, C. R. Doors and Moulding, a local door shop based in Springville, built a custom playhouse to generate funds for the family. 

Breanna Brown, a resident from Mona, used her painting skills to transform the playhouse into any kid’s dream Christmas gift. 

According to Jeanne Lewis, a Nephi City-appointed event coordinator, the playhouse will be entered into a raffle. Tickets will be just $5 each, or five tickets for $20. A name will be chosen right before the city council meeting on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. 

There are a couple of ways to enter the raffle. 

Interested individuals can purchase their raffle tickets using Venmo. Send your raffle ticket money to @illuminatethenight, with your name and phone number in the comments. Or, if you wish to just donate money to the family, include the word “donation” in the comments. You can also visit ( and click on “special events” to learn more about the event and how to buy your raffle tickets. The winner will be announced via Facebook Live on Dec. 15, or until the raffle amount exceeds $1,000. 

The raffle winner will go home with the playhouse, and all of the money earned from the raffle will be donated to the Smith family. 

Financial donations can also be made to the Smith family through their GoFundMe account. 

All proceeds will go directly to the Smiths. (Peterson is a Serve Daily contributor).

Shellie Peterson
Shellie Peterson
Shellie Peterson is a mom, wife and freelance writer. She currently lives in Santaquin with her husband and daughter. In her spare time, she loves to sing, read, write and spend as much time as possible camping.

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