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Local family raises money in hopes to derail pediatric cancer

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on February 21, 2018 with No Comments

A young girl enjoying the face painting booth

The Shelbourne family partnered with the Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids Foundation on Sunday, Jan. 28, for a fundraiser at Tyler’s Tender in Schererville, where all the proceeds will go toward pediatric cancer research.

All the proceeds from the event and Tyler’s Tender’s charitable donation of 15 percent of each bill will be lumped together in a check to Riley Children’s Hospital. The Shelbourne family chose to donate to the hospital where their son was treated.

Child cancer survivor who wanted his face painted to be a llama

The Shelbourne family lost a son and a brother on Sept. 10, 2012, when a brain tumor took Adler Shelbourne’s life at 3 years old. They celebrate Adler’s birthday through a fundraiser in hopes to one day see a cure for their son’s disease.

“Research for childhood cancer is very underfunded. A lot of the times people end up losing hope that there will one day be a cure,” said the child’s mother, Stephanie Shelbourne. “You need to spread your wings in order to get more people involved.”

The Shelbourne family and Nicole Yarrow standing in front of Adler’s favorite train collections

The well-attended event attracted young families who could participate in face painting and balloon artist booths. Many of the items in the silent auction are kid-themed to give families the opportunity to donate.

“These events and fundraisers are so important to finding cures,” said Nicole Yarrow, director of services at the NICK Foundation. “Working with the Shelbourne’s makes my heart full because we are keeping Adler’s memory alive and funding research so other families don’t have to endure what the Shelbourne’s did.”

Last year’s birthday celebration of Adler nearly raised over $3,000 toward the cause. The Shelbourne’s asked Tyler’s Tender to host the event because Adler’s favorite restaurant was Tyler’s Tenders and some of his favorite train collections could be put on display.

“The NICK Foundation is such an amazing foundation,” Shelbourne said. “When Adler was first diagnosed, we were presented with a bunch of gift cards for gas and groceries, and of course, toys for Adler. Most importantly it was the constant support that got us through.”

The NICK Foundation is non-profit pediatric cancer organization founded in 2009. The foundation provides emotional, social, and financial support to families affected by pediatric cancer. Visit www.nwicancerkids.org to sign up for event notices or to receive any additional information.

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