To say Shannon has had it tough from the moment she was born is an understatement. Born on July 16, 1967 with Cerebral Palsy , Shannon has always had to live with being different from others.. Not only has she had to overcome the difficulties of the diagnosis itself but she has also had to live with being bullied , teased and stared at.. You can imagine how difficult this must be. Throughout Shannon's entire life she's had to use that negative energy to become the incredible, loving ,sensitive and caring woman she is today. Shannon has never let the challenges of having Cerebral Palsy change who she is on the inside. Always giving everything she has to those around her. She has spent her entire life doing all she can to help her family and now it's time we help her.
On December 12, 2017 Shannon was diagnosed with terminal stage 4 lung cancer. Having never smoked a day in her life you can imagine the shock and disbelief this had on the Family. Devastated with the news , her mother Maureen O'Connell packed up her belongings in Florida and flew to Ohio to be with her daughter for the duration of her illness. This unfortunately was not something new for Maureen. Her father passed from the illness in 1993. Maureen's younger sister Colleen passed at the age of 60 from lung cancer in 2012 and her older sister Kathleen had passed away from lung cancer only a few months before Shannon's diagnosis.
Maureen had lived with Kathy in Florida and quit her job to take care of her older sister and best friend. Having not worked in sometime because she was taking care of her dying sister and Shannon's inability to work because of her Cerebal Palsy, money has been very tight. At times nonexistent. As you can imagine, being given the diagnosis of a terminal illness not only has alot of stress and heartbreak on an already fragile family but it is very costly as well. . Money they do not have.
Please help me raise money to help Shannon and her family be able to make the arrangements for the burial and funeral. Please help me raise money so Shannon can enjoy her family stressfree for the remainder of the time she has left here on Earth. Please help me raise money to maybe even allow Shannon and her mother to take a last trip to Florida as this is one of Shannon's dying wishes.
Shannon and her family need this time to make memories and enjoy the little moments they have left without the stress of money taking anything else from them. Please help me give to Shannon as she has always given to everybody else.
- Sherry O'Connell
- Joe Holland
- Jennifer Goodwin
- Amy Young
- Susan Hooper
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