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Shannon with CSF Founder Yeshim Yonter and 

Board Member Sema Turel

March 11, 2006

Shannon graduated from Texas A&M University in 2009 earning her degree in Nursing. She has survived Wilm's Tumor. In her own words::

"Having cancer at a very young age and for a very long period of time challenged me in several ways and changed the views I had on life at a young age. I had to deal with 9 surgeries and years of chemo and radiation. Along with these struggles I lost my hair and weight and had to deal with countless stares of unknowing strangers. As if my own pain was not enough I watched friends that I met at the hospital battling with their own pain and meet their inevitable fate. I learned at a very young age that life was not fair and the people you come into contact with are not always understanding of your problems. My values have been molded around my experience with cancer. I know to take everyday as if it may be my last, to embrace friends because they may be gone before you know it, and to never let other people's ignorance bother you. Being forced to mature at such a young age helped me to realize what the real world was like and that things don't always go they way you want them and people are not always caring. I am thankful for the love and support I have found from my CSF family."  

 

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