Steve Bennett and James Shanel
USBank has been a two-year partner of the American Lung Association, serving as the first and only Presenting Sponsor for the Columbus Fight For Air Climb. Donating over $20,000 in the last two years, USBank has stepped up to support the American Lung Association mission.
Having connections to lung disease themselves, Steve Bennett (right), Market President of Central Ohio, and James Shanel (left), Vice President of Commercial Banking, have made a personal commitment to the organization. Volunteering at the climb and participating in the gala, they have both become fixtures withing the Columbus office. We are thankful for their kind hearts and their commitment to end lung cancer and lung disease, and to promote lung health.
Our Patient Honoree: Ric Smith
Ric’s Story- Written by Jim Hofstetter
Ric's lung cancer diagnosis in December of 2016 wasn't exactly the Christmas miracle he was looking for.
Ric Smith is an amazingly talented musician and a pioneer on the Irish Rock Fiddle. He has been playing Irish fiddle for more than 20 years, long before any of us ever heard of Flogin' Molly! Ric took on a second act and career as a classical violist after graduating from Louisiana State University. He played with the New Orleans Philharmonic and the Baton Rouge Symphony. After moving back to Ohio and settling in Columbus, this self-described "Lima-Boy" started playing with the Irish group Knot Fibbin'. He has gone on to play with many other regional and national acts including Homeland and Two 2 Many.
When he is not playing his instruments (violin, viola, guitar, mandolin), writing or arranging music, he works as a luthier at The Loft Violin Shop.
Ric took on his cancer diagnosis just like he takes on his music.... fast, furious and with reckless abandon. No pauses, no rests, no downbeat ... just attacking each measure full out. He and his wife Donna and his two daughters and their families made a formidable team in their fight against this disease.
Eight months after his lung cancer diagnosis, Ric was declared in remission and his lungs show they were cleared of the pesky tumors.
Just a few months later, after some odd symptoms he received a new diagnosis: Brain Cancer.
Not an unheard of outcome of lung cancer, Ric tackled this diagnosis with the same reckless abandon and was making progress.
Surgery, Radiation, and more rounds of Chemo all tackled with energy and commitment to live this life to its fullest.
Smiling all the while, Ric enlists his family for support. He is open with his work colleagues. And while he does not broadcast his struggles, he doesn't play hide and seek either. He lets us in and allows us to be with him... even though we feel helpless.
But our helplessness is not his to own. Ric (and any cancer warrior) has enough to worry about without carrying our burdens of anger, frustration and helplessness. That's why he won't let any of us feel sorry for him. That's ours to carry, not his.
Ric has a tremendous system of support and draws on each as needed. Loving wife (Donna), children, grandchildren and an extended family that includes relatives but also a vast family tree of musicians and friends of whom he has touched and impacted.