In 2004, I actually got my legs waxed for the first time and noticed a little knot on my right tibia bone. I was diagnosed with a chondrosarcoma and my lollipop tattoo was disfigured during the surgery to look like somebody took a complete bite out of it. It’s mind-blowing news when somebody tells you that you have a tumor, and then after you get all these tests done, and then you find out that the tumor was cancerous, and then they have to do this invasive surgery. It’s definitely you know, it’s life altering because the surgery itself took me two-and-a-half years to walk freely without a wheelchair. Then, I went to two crutches, then I went to a cane. I can wear high heels now, but it was a journey to get there. So, in 2009 i was inspired to design my jewelry line called Simone I. Smith And, one of the first pieces that I designed was a lollipop. If you look at the lollipops, the lollipop actually looks like there’s a bite taken out of it. In the lollipop is my logo. My logo represents my life journey and my strength to becoming cancer-free. And, the candy represents how sweet life is. I partnered up with the American Cancer Society, so each time you buy A Sweet Touch of Hope, or anything from Simone I. Smith jewelry, a portion of the proceeds go towards the American Cancer Society. I wanted to definitely make my contribution towards finding a cure for cancer I feel that we need to live in a world with more birthdays and less cancer, more anniversaries more, bar mitzvahs, more high school graduations because cancer affects people of all ages. It doesn’t matter what your ethnic background is, it affects everybody. And we just need to find a cure. It’s a lot of love behind the jewelry. It’s a lot of meaning. So, when you wear piece of Simone I. Smith jewelry I want people to feel like, “Wow! I’ve given back to a great cause, and I feel good, and I look good.” Although my cancer was a chondrosarcoma, and there’s so many different cancers out there, when I designed A Sweet Touch of Hope, my hope was for it to one day be a universal symbol that represents all cancer.