FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Determined would be one way to describe 10-year-old Mia Smith.
In 2011 when the Farmingdale 5th grader learned that her mother Lisa had stage 3 breast cancer, she didn’t skip a beat.
She spearheaded a campaign at Northside Elementary School to have a Pink-Out Day to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.
“Everyone who is diagnosed with it is going through hard times,” Smith told PIX11 News. “My mom was one of those people so I wanted everyone to be a survivor like my mom and I wanted to help fight the cause.”
With help from school administrators and her peers, Smith managed to raise $700 in her first year.
Since then, the campaign has evolved into a month-long effort that’s now district wide.
“I actually don’t know how to put it into words on how proud I am of her,” mother Lisa Smith said of her daughter.
“To see her last year at the beginning of all this and how she fully embraced October and to see how she built it.”
On this very special Pink-Out Day, the 10-year-old invited a VIP guest who just happens to be a family friend and a woman who could write the book about how to survive.
The disco queen herself Gloria Gaynor belted out the classic tune “I Will Survive” that has served as a theme song for many cancer survivors searching for the light at the end of the tunnel.
The iconic singer not only sang a song but also brought along a little gift vowing to match every penny raised by Mia’s campaign.