INDIANAPOLIS -- A memorial service for former Butler basketball player Andrew Smith was already planned for Sunday, but there will also be an opportunity to register to be a bone marrow donor at the memorial.
A service for Smith will be held at Traders Point Christian Church in Whitestown Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. His wife, Samantha, says all are welcome.
"This is a cause so near and dear to our hearts and one swab of the cheek can save someone’s life," Samantha wrote in a recent blog post.
Butler is also setting up a scholarship for Andrew to be given to future Butler basketball players. Anybody can donate to the fund online here, or via check sent to Butler University Advancement, 4600 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46208.
Samantha also wrote about how she is dealing without Andrew, who died Tuesday.
Many ask “how are you doing?” and the honest answer to that is that I am awful. I’ve lost the love of my life. Every day gets harder because it’s a day more since the last time I’ve seen him or felt his arms around me. Truly, just the worst days of my life. But I am holding onto hope in our Lord and Savior for I know that He is good, no matter what. I don’t believe that God orchestrated this devastation in my life, but I know that He will use it for the Kingdom. I miss my love every single day and I cannot wait for the day that he greets me at the gates of Heaven, ready to give me one of his giant, crushing hugs.