Please join me in celebrating my sister's birthday, by participating in this Virtual Sugar Skull Party!
WHEN: Saturday, October 31, 2020
WHERE: Zoom Meet
1. Put on your best Sugar Skull Face, show us your Sugar Skull collection, or perhaps you just want to share a photo of your favorite Sugar Skull.
2. Join our Zoom Meeting by clicking the attached link.
2020 has not been kind to anyone, especially Shelby.
My sister has been fighting Lymphoma since the beginning of the year. Shelby's battle began in September of 2019 when she was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer. Courageously, she never hesitated in believing that the cancer was not going to get the best of her. That Fall, the thyroidectomy was a success and no other treatments were necessary. It was time to celebrate...or so we thought. Only a few weeks into January, Shelby visited the doctor for some abdominal pain. Later, she was informed that she had a mass in her abdomen caused by Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Shocked? Yes. However, yet again, Shelby had that warrior's attitude. I believe she said, "I'm gonna beat this." I was mesmerized by her strength. Chemotherapy was scheduled to begin and Shelby knew she was going to lose her hair. She arranged for a small gathering of close friends to voluntarily cut her hair. It was an empowering moment for Shelby and we all watched in awe as she began the most important fight of her life.
The first round of chemotherapy was surprisingly gentle on Shelby. Near the end of her treatments, came the news that the tumor was growing again. A second round of medications were administered with the plan to do a stem cell transplant scheduled for the end of the summer. Again, towards the end of that round of treatment, Shelby's tumor began to be unresponsive to treatment. Needless to say, this was devastating news for Shelby and our whole family. But, the physicians at UNC Cancer Center said the fight was not over! The next step is to have CAR T-cell therapy. Shelby's T-cells are going to be "genetically engineered to produce an artificial T-cell receptor for immunotherapy." I call them "Superhero T-cells." This procedure will begin on October 28, and Shelby will be admitted into the hospital on her birthday, November 3.
This is why you must join me in Paying It Forward for my sister's birthday! The amazing treatment options given to patients like my sister, can only be available through donations that finance studies and trials of life saving procedures. The medications Shelby is receiving, were financed years ago from generous donors. Now it's time to "Pay It Forward" to make sure that doctors can continue to find ways to treat future Lymphoma patients and save more lives!
I can not thank you enough for participating in this campaign in honor of Shelby!