Daughter, sister, auntie, friend, tireless community advocate, world’s best “team mom” and Rick Springfield’s biggest fan.
Even living with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer, an incurable form of the disease, for nearly two years has not kept Shelby from lighting up lives all over the country. In addition to being a dedicated family member and friend, Shelby has given tirelessly to her newfound community of cancer survivors and current patients as an advocate, speaker and support system.
While undergoing grueling treatments, changes in medical costs and other obstacles since her diagnoses, Shelby has:
- Influenced major policy in cancer-related fields including: Dense Breast tissue law, the Oral Chemo parity policy and Colorectal Medicare update as the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network – Congressional District 2 Lead (a volunteer position she’s held since 2013).
- Funded, assembled and delivered “Chemo Kits” to many newly diagnosed local cancer patients to help them test products that could help to ease painful side effects.
- Received the 2015 Amgen Breakaway from Cancer award – a nation wide award given to one who defines “giving back to the community.” She also received the National Patient Advocacy Outstanding Courage and Dedication Award and the Nevada Cancer Coalition Excellence In Advocacy Award in 2015.
- Serves on the Susan G. Komen Metastatic Breast Cancer Taskforce and spoke at the 2015 ACS Strides Against Breast Cancer forum in Las Vegas as well as the 2015 Northern Nevada ACS Pink with a Purpose Golf Tournament.
“But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
– Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Help us give back to a person who has given so much, even in her own time of need.