LL Cool J’s Wife Simone Smith Celebrates Being 16 Years Cancer Free

LL Cool J, Simone Smith

LL Cool J’s Wife Simone Smith Celebrates Being 16 Years Cancer Free

Congratulations to LL Cool J’s (real name James Smith) wife, Simone Smith! This week, she celebrates a milestone health moment. Simone Smith shared on social media that it’s been 16 years since she was diagnosed with cancer. In the post, Simone Smith captioned:

16 YEARS CANCER FREE. Dr. Athanasian and nurse Ro have been a blessing in my life.

GOD is a shield to everyone who seeks his protection. #thankful #grateful #blessed

In 2004, Smith was diagnosed with Stage Three Chondrosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. According to reports, the cancer only has a five-year survival rate of just 33%.  To combat the disease, Smith had to undergo a 15-hour surgery to replace a bone in her right leg, followed by a long rehabilitation.

In a statement released through the American Cancer Society, Smith stated:

“I was in utter disbelief when I received my Stage Three diagnosis, but what I quickly learned with the support of my husband and family, was that cancer was not something that I had to let consume my inner being or personality.”

Since her battle with cancer, Smith has become an advocate for The American Cancer Society. She raised a reported  $250,000 for the organization. Smith stated:

“With the help of ACS and a few friends, this campaign was created to empower women to lean onto their support system and tap into their strength to ‘Beat Cancer Like a Boss,’ a message I carried with me throughout my journey to recovery.” 

Smith and her husband, LL Cool J, have joined forces with ACS to donate a portion of their earnings from Smith’s namesake jewelry line back to the non-profit, part of the “Beat Cancer Like A Boss” campaign.

Last year (Aug 2019), the couple celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary together, in Italy. LL Cool J and Smith married in 1995. Together, they have four children, three girls, and one boy. Smith took to Instagram to reflect on their nearly three decades of matrimony:

“@sislovespurple LORD you have been better than GOOD!! Today my husband @llcoolj and I, my soulmate and the man I loved since I was 17 years old celebrated 24 years of marriage in Italy on a yacht surrounded by other couples that have decades of marriage amongst them.”

We send our congratulations to Simone Smith as she celebrates being 16 years cancer free.

Authored by: Cierra Jones