New nonprofit based in Chicago’s suburbs works to support kids who have parents, caregivers with cancer

Ned Smith, who used to teach at Northwestern University, was diagnosed with brain cancer in December 2018. His wife, Erin Smith, 40, said they eventually learned of another family dealing with the same diagnosis, the Agnews, and “ironically” Ned and Mark already knew each other. The Hlavaceks happened to live down the street from the family. Smith. The Smiths also have four children: sons Finn, 14, and Beckett, 12, and daughters Eliza, 9 and Cecily, 6.

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