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Throwback Thursday - Twenty Flights of Courage

Back in 2012, Shelby’s wish to go on a trip to Australia for a week came true following her surgery for thyroid cancer. The trip to Australia took her to Sydney, horseback riding along the ocean, snorkeling and more in the Land Down Under.

It was an experience Shelby was able to share with her mom, dad and younger sister Katelyn.

After her wish, Shelby began riding horses again and went on to be a competitive skipping rope jumper. Shelby hopes to go to Paris, France, next year for a jump rope competition. At present time, she is cancer-free and set to face her fear of heights as she rappels 20 stories down the side of the Westin Edmonton Hotel to raise money for Make-A-Wish as part of the Rope for Hope event.

The only similar “rappelling” experience Shelby has ever had was going on a zip line in Australia. She says Make-A-Wish gave her more than she could have ever imagined.

Rope for Hope has raised more than $400,000 since 2012 when it first launched in Toronto. With the introduction of six more locations, including Edmonton, Make-A-Wish has set a $1 million goal for 2014 to help fulfill wishes.

It’s amazing to see the lasting impact of a wish on a child. I am pleasantly surprised when I find that a former wish child is eager to help fulfill more wishes, even if it means facing your fear of heights.

Therefore, I want to end this Throwback Thursday with a big applause and a big thank you to Shelby for continuing to be so courageous and kind. I WISH you a lifetime of adventure! 

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