Ballard HS junior with terminal cancer wins homecoming princess

Ballard HS junior with terminal cancer wins homecoming queen
Amzie Smith (Source: Family photo)
Amzie Smith (Source: Family photo)
Amzie Smith on the field after winning homecoming queen. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Amzie Smith on the field after winning homecoming queen. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – As the Ballard High School football team was on its way to a blowout win Friday night, Amzie Smith was getting ready to be presented as part of the Homecoming court at halftime.
 
Just a day earlier, she had to make an emergency dress run. 

"Me and my stepmom broke a record probably. We tried on 23 dresses in 21 minutes and ended up getting five," Amzie recalled with a laugh.

For Amzie, the minutes and days have started meaning a lot more recently.

"Last November I had, just out of the blue, a pain in my side," Amzie said. "They did a CT scan and that's when I found out I had two tumors."

A month after turning 16 years old, doctors diagnosed her with Stage 4 liver cancer.

"It's even rare in adults," Dan Smith, Amzie's father, said. "Kids don't get it. They just don't get it."

As the school year started up, Amzie was told the tumors were growing, instead of dying, and she likely wouldn't see her 17th birthday in October.

"I'll come home and do hours of homework and then be like, 'Oh wait did I really need to do that,'" said Amzie, who has a 4.1 grade-point average.

Instead of a miracle, she's found a purpose. She's been trying to stop bullying in school by simply saying kind things to every classmate.

"That's what I want my legacy to be, that when I'm gone, that you can still walk down the hallway and feel my presence, and that happiness and kindness," she said. 

Friday, Amzie was crowned Homecoming princess - the highest title for a female junior - and earned the biggest cheer of the night. 

"You choose happiness every day based on the things that you let mess with your mind," Amzie said.

Amzie has a GoFundMe page set up. To learn more about her story or to donate, click here.

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