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“Salt in my soul.” Book signing

April 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Dell Medical School, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, and Dell Children’s Medical Center Complex Palliative Medicine Program present;

“Salt in My Soul: An Unfinished Life”
Brown Bag Lunch & Book Signing

Diane Shader Smith presents “Salt in My Soul: An Unfinished Life,” the diaries of her daughter Mallory Smith, a remarkable young woman who was determined to live a meaningful and happy life while living with cystic fibrosis and a rare superbug — from age 15 to her death at the age of 25.

Mallory Smith, who grew up in Los Angeles, was a freelance writer and editor specializing in environmental, social justice and health care–related communications. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University and worked as a senior producer at Green Grid Radio, an environmental storytelling radio show and podcast. Her radio work was featured on KCRW, National Radio Project and State of the Human. She was a fierce advocate for those living with cystic fibrosis, launching the viral social media campaign Lunges4Lungs with friends and raising over $5 million with her parents for CF research through the annual Mallory’s Garden event. She passed away at the age of 25 on Nov. 15, 2017, two months after receiving a double lung transplant. Mallory’s Legacy Fund has been established in her memory at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Please RSVP here by April 21. You are welcome to bring your lunch. Refreshments will be available during the book signing.

Questions? Contact Laura Rushing, laura.rushing@austin.utexas.edu

To reduce the risk of getting and spreading germs at CF Foundation–sponsored events, we ask that everyone follow basic best practices by regularly cleaning your hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand gel, covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your inner elbow and maintaining a safe 6-foot distance from anyone with a cold or infection.

Medical evidence shows that germs may spread among people with CF through direct and indirect contact, as well as through droplets that travel short distances when a person coughs or sneezes. These germs can lead to worsening symptoms and speed decline in lung function. To further help reduce the risk of cross-infection, the foundation’s attendance policy recommends inviting only one person with CF to an indoor foundation-sponsored event at a specific time.


April 23
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Health Discovery Building Auditorium
1601 Trinity St., Bldg. b
Austin, TX 78712