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Help Shelby fight cancer!
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Ended Jan 12, 2014
Shelby Craft is one of the most giving people on Earth, and she has probably touched your life with her abundant kindness, happiness, and generosity. Now she needs our help, optimism and prayers. Please show your support for Shelby as she fights cancer! More ...

Shelby Craft is one of the most giving people on Earth, and she has probably touched your life in special ways with her abundant kindness, happiness, and generosity.  She is truly selfless and is not the kind of person who would concern you with her problems, but you should know that she is facing some extremely serious health issues and she needs her friends and loved ones to rally in her support.

Over the past few months, Shelby experienced stomach pain that she suspected was caused by ulcers.  Her doctor ran some tests, one of which was a special screening for cancer-causing genes.  That screening found that Shelby has a rare genetic condition that causes hereditary diffuse gastric cancer (HDGC).  This rare form of stomach cancer can't be reliably detected, so the standard course of treatment is a gastrectomy -- a complete removal of Shelby's stomach -- followed by a radical mastectomy.  It is our hope and prayer that cancer hasn’t spread, but that cannot be determined until after her gastrectomy.

In the best case scenario, Shelby will be out of commission for at least a few months and will be forced to temporarily close her academic consulting business, which will be financially challenging.  If you would like to do something special for Shelby during this difficult time, you may make a contribution to this fundraiser using the "Give" button above instead of sending flowers or other gifts.  All funds raised will go directly to Shelby.

If you prefer to make your contribution by check or direct PayPal transfer (thereby saving fees of 7%) please contact Paul Brigner at or 202-730-9733.

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