I was honored to be asked to speak at the dedication of our very own Sol Survivor, Shaelyn Simi's friendship bench at her school in Meridian, ID. As you may recall, I posted awhile back about Shaelyn and her story. Shaelyn is a Stage 3 melanoma warrior! This little girl and her family amaze me with their strength and have already touched so many lives with their story.
Shaelyn collaborated with the Red Fred Project to write a children's book, a project that encompasses 50 chronically ill children from 50 different states. Shaelyn's family decided that the proceeds from her book sales would go to creating a friendship bench at Shae's school. They asked me to be the guest speaker at the dedication. We also had a black balloon release (black is the color of melanoma) to celebrate Shaelyn's fight and life, and kick off melanoma month in May!