Please join the St. John Neumann Baseball Team in raising funds for esophageal cancer research in honor our friend, coach, and teacher Shelley Raley. Your donations will go directly to scientists working on a cure for esophageal cancer through the National Foundation for Cancer Research. Any gift amount is greatly appreciated!
Shelley loved sports and the Play4TheCure® is dedicated to raising funds for the National Foundation for Cancer Research through competitive sports.
We will celebrate our fundraising efforts with a Miracles Minor League Baseball Game! Our St. John Neumann baseball team will have a Play4TheCure® table to raise awareness of the National Foundation for Cancer Reserach at the Miracle game on May 17! We hope everyone can join us that evening for a great night. We will all sit together in the General Admission Seats in the 200 level. Purchase general admission (GA) for the May 17 game at 6:30! https://www.milb.com/fort-myers/tickets/single-game-tickets. We will sit together in the 214 section.
In March of 2018 Shelley was diagnosed with Stage 4 Esophageal Cancer. She traveled to the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, FL for a consultation and treatment. A month after the diagnosis she died peacefully in Tampa surrounded by her Mom, Dad, sisters and brother.
A resident of Collier County since 1992, Shelley graduated from Saint John Neumann Catholic High School in Naples, FL and later received her Bachelors Degree in Elementary and Secondary Education from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN before working as a Middle School Teacher for Saint Ann Catholic School. At Saint Ann's, the late Sister George Francis Riseling convinced her she would be an excellent Religion teacher. She eventually took a one-year sabbatical from teaching to obtain her Masters Degree in Religious Education from Loyola University of Chicago, IL. She then began teaching at Saint John Neumann High School. She later earned her Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Notre Dame ACE Leadership Program.
At Saint John Neumann Catholic High School, she served as the Campus Minister and Head of the Theology Department. She was the Head of Peer Ministry, creator and moderator of The Y.A.C.H.T. Club ("Youth and Christ Helping Together") which is an instrumental component of the Campus Ministry Program. She invited all students to the fullness of Christ's love with "cruises" to perform service to others within the community. Present at many student events, she also served as an Assistant Girls' Basketball Coach and Senior Advisor. She was proudly known as Chaperone Shelley.
She had a strong love of her faith, family and friends. She nurtured her faith through her students and her "Go Irish" attitude. The congregation of the Christian Brothers and the Salesian Sisters of Saint John Bosco played an important part in her life formation. The Salesian Leadership Retreats for her students were important to her and she enjoyed taking her students to each city to explore.
For more information on the National Foundation for Cancer Research's work on Esophageal Cancer, please visit https://www.nfcr.org/cancer-types/esophageal-stomach-cancers/.