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Mansfield/Arlington Community Helps Obtain Summit Custodian Hip Surgery

Mar 31, 2015 11:07AM ● Published by Kevin

Summit High School - Arlington, TX dedicated its most recent Friends Reaching Out & Giving (FROG) Week to raise money for beloved custodian Joe Smith, who undergoes hip surgery today, March 31. Smith has served the district for 13 years.

"Our hope was to raise enough money and publicity to assist him with a hip replacement surgery," said a March 25 post on Mansfield Summit's PTSA Facebook page. "Our entire campus has worked together for months to reach this goal."

The surgery was projected to cost Smith $50,000. A GoFundMe page was created for the cause by Stacey Jessen, which raised $15,155. In addition to those efforts and FROG week, support from positive publicity and faculty connections allow Smith to receive his new hip today.

"We have been working with a local doctor and hospital, who have asked to remain anonymous, to make this happen," the Facebook post said. "On behalf of Summit High School and Mr. Smith, thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout this process."

Community Comments

The following comments come from social media and the GoFundMe page. We here at Mansfield Magazine also wish Smith and his family the very best.

"So proud of these Summit students for taking the initiative to put someone else above themselves. What an incredible story! We need more of these kind acts! Praying for Mr. Smith & his upcoming surgery!" - Wendy Evers Wentz

"Woohoo!!!! So happy to hear this news!!! Praying for a successful surgery and speedy recovery!!" - Andrea Morris Canterbury

"I'd like to thank each and every one of y'all for doing this. My Uncle Joe is an amazing person. May God Bless y'all!" - Amber Sexton

"I hope this happens for you, you deserve it. You have been a great Brother in law. Love you bunches" - Tonyia Sexton Clark

"A dedicated hard working man who needs our help to be free of pain how can anyone say no. God Bless you Sir.." - Mary House

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