Shane Hearts Boston

Raised: $8,615.00
Goal: $6,000.00

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Athena Strausheim

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This page is set up to help my nephew, brother and sister-in-law.  Please read the following from Sharon Bogan who is the  Location Director - BrightStart Pediatrics in Sanford Florida w... more


Updated posted by Athena Strausheim 10 months ago

I wanted to thank everyone who has been supporting this fundraiser for Shane and his family.
I also wanted to update some of you that may not already know.

We are still waiting on Shane to go to Boston. We originally thought that Shane's visit to Boston was going to be taken care of but was actually not. Medicade did not approve the procedure. Shane's parents have since appealed this decision and we are waiting for the appeal to be accepted. The money that has been raised has been in a savings account and still available to Shane and his parents when the appeals process goes through. Myself and the rest of Shane's family are working has hard as we can. We have sent out many letters to different organizations and even our goverernment officials to try to speed up the process.

Again thank you so much for your support, prayers, and words of encougagement.

Shane hearts you all!!


Updated posted by Athena Strausheim 12 months ago

Our hearts and prayers go out to those affected by the events in Boston from Monday until the the capture of the suspect.


Updated posted by Athena Strausheim 13 months ago

Thank you so much from the whole Strausheim-Dobbs family for everyone that was able to help us make our goal and acutally surpass it as well. I hope all of you have like Shane Hearts U Facebook page so you can stay up to date on Shane and his family as they go through the next steps in their journey of healing.

Over $8K in donations from online ( to the events that we did to help get Shane to Boston.

It is a great feeling that so many of you have such big hearts. We love you all!! Thank you all a millions times over :)

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Created by Athena Strausheim on January 14, 2013

This page is set up to help my nephew, brother and sister-in-law.  Please read the following from Sharon Bogan who is the  Location Director - BrightStart Pediatrics in Sanford Florida where Shane attends during the week.

BrightStart Pediatrics is a PPEC center (Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care) – a nursing and therapy center for medically fragile infants and children up to five years of age.

This is Shane!  I want to tell you about his family and their current struggles and I hope that you are as inspired as I.  I work at a Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care center for medically fragile children. Shane is a 4-year old boy with Down Syndrome that attends our center.  Shane was born 1/16/2009 with Down Syndrome and a few holes in his heart.  He was also diagnosed shortly after his 1st birthday with Pulmonary Hypertension and has been on oxygen ever since. The doctors here in Orlando are not able to operate on his heart due to the Pulmonary Hypertension and the complexities that presents.  Thankfully, the family was able to find a doctor in Boston that specializes in cases like Shane’s and has agreed to see him and evaluate his case.  Shane’s care and accommodations will be paid for by insurance but his parents expenses are not.

Unfortunately, the day after receiving the wonderful news that Shane was accepted in Boston, the family received devastating news about his father Leon.  Leon had to go to the hospital due to dizziness and other symptoms.  The doctors found a tumor in his head and originally thought it was benign.  The biopsy results unfortunately revealed a devastating diagnosis; Leon has Anaplastic Astocytoma, BRAIN CANCER.  Leon will be starting a 2-year chemo therapy regiment along with radiation.  He is 28years old!

Due to his health issues, Leon has not been able to work in some time and Shane’s mother Candace has been working hard trying to take care of her two men. Candace works for a pool company and during the off season, has a hard time getting the hours she needs to make ends meet.  Despite all of this adversity, Candace remains strong and stead fast in caring for the loves of her life.This family doesn’t have much in the way of monetary things but what they do have is abundant love.  Leon and Candace have loved and cared for Shane from the moment he came into their lives. What they can’t provide in ‘things’, they more than make up for with LOVE.

During the midst of all of the excitement for Shane and devastation from Leon’s diagnosis, Candace also found out she is pregnant!  They are very excited about the new addition to the family.  Their excitement about the new baby and Shane’s surgery are unfortunately dampened by the daunting years ahead for Leon and his treatment.  Candace is the type of person that doesn't like to ask for help but this family is in dire need of help and prayers right now. "

We thank everyone for the awesome generous donation and of course the words of encouragement. 

We love you all!!


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GOD Bless all who donated to help my great-grand son, Shane and his family.

posted by Dottie Hartwell 15 months ago

I will be reposting this so if someone missed it. This is our great nephew, and love to see him smile all the time. He is just an amazing kid. Thanks for all the prayers

posted by Robert A Thurau 15 months ago

We are keeping you, Shane and your Daddy and your Mommy in our thoughts and prayers. I keep posting so that as many people as possible will see that sweet little face of yours and when they do, it will melt their heart. Have a happy, fun birthday party tomorrow. Love you little guy!

posted by Charlene Appelman 15 months ago

Thank you everyone!!!

posted by Lisa Simpson Dunlap 15 months ago

I love this little angel!!! This is such a wonderful family, please help them get to Boston so they can get this done for Shane. My thoughts and prayer are with you all!

posted by Cindy Patino 15 months ago

Love my little dude!

posted by Mike Paschal 15 months ago

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Recent Donations (90)

$8,615 raised by 90 people in 15 months.


Shane Hearts U Picnic

13 months ago (Offline Donation)


Money raised at our picnic event on 3/16/13



Shane hearts Bowling

13 months ago (Offline Donation)


Money raised from the bowling event on 3/2/13




13 months ago


Your family will be in our prayers. Trust in the Lord and He will help you through. Just ask "Pray for Avery" on FB. Her brain tumor completely disappeared even without treatment! God is GOOD!!!



Katie and Angel

13 months ago (Offline Donation)


This is from the chair massages we did at the Bowling event.



Wine with a Heart

13 months ago (Offline Donation)




13 months ago (Offline Donation)


Raffle tickets... Already spoke to Athena to which prizes I want the tickets to go towards.



Dottie Hartwell

13 months ago


Thank you, my friend.



Mike Paschal

14 months ago


This is from a co-worker, Octavia. Thank you very much Octavia.



Amanda Clevenger

14 months ago


With love<3 The Clevengers



Nate Moore

14 months ago


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