Simone Smith: Simone I. Smith Jewelry/ “A Sweet Touch of Hope” (American Cancer Society)

Sometimes the act of giving comes in the form of creativity. LL Cool J has been blazing trails in entertainment since he emerged on the burgeoning hip-hop scene in the 80s and beyond. He has since been a fixture in all facets of the entertainment world. It’s been a journey, but he’s maintained his top position in the game. All the while, his wife, Simone, has been by his side. In 2004, she was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, called Stage III Chondrosarcoma. After her lengthy fight and triumph, she not only fulfilled her dream of creating a jewelry line, Simone I. Smith, but she also fulfilled her philanthropic goals by teaming up with the American Cancer Society in order to donate a portion of the proceeds (10%) from select pieces to help with the fight against cancer.

“Her treatment required an invasive surgery that altered the appearance of her lollipop tattoo. “It literally looks like someone took a bite out of it,” says Simone. Inspired by her experience, the lollipop now represents Simone’s journey to getting well and staying well, and has sparked a desire to help other cancer survivors.”


And so, “A Sweet Touch of Hope” was born.

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