“Our little soldier is fighting cancer, but her focus isn’t on herself—it’s on helping other kids endure.”
Fortunately for Jenny, her family lived just 15 minutes away from the hospital in Rochester, NY. It was easy for them to visit and bring her necessities like toothpaste and comforting toys.
But many of the kids on Jenny’s floor had families from all over upstate New York. Some even lived 8 hours away.
“Jenny would see a lot of kids in their hospital rooms by themselves, and it made her sad. So she said, ‘Daddy, what can we do for them?’”
The Shaw family motto is “Give back.” Ever since Jenny was a toddler, her parents took her and her three older siblings to serve Thanksgiving meals at The Salvation Army and donate clothes to Goodwill. The message was: “We’re not a community of one. We’re a community of everyone.”