Shellen Thomas

While she cannot remember how she first heard of Kids Cancer Care, Shellen will never forget the day she took that first step to get involved. Little did she know she would be dedicating the next 20 years and counting to Kids Cancer Care. An amazing commitment and contribution we greatly appreciate.

“I was an athlete participating in the sport of bobsleigh,” recalls Shellen. “I had done other sports before. I decided to shave my head because I felt, and still feel today, that as an athlete, I am very fortunate and privileged to be able to compete in the sport of my choice. Due to isolation and the after-effects of treatments, many kids affected by cancer do not get that chance. I wanted to do something to help, so on February 9, 2001, in -25 weather, I shaved my head at the World Championships for Women’s Bobsleigh.”

Shellen didn’t only brave the cold when she shaved her that bitter day in February; she also raised $2,000 for Kids Cancer Care.

When Kids Cancer Care later discovered that Shellen studied photography at university, we invited her to volunteer that summer. “I came to my first camp as the camp photographer with FILM if you can believe it,” she laughs. “I was the camp photographer for a few years and taught photography to the campers before becoming a counsellor.”

Shellen has been volunteering with us ever since. Read her whole volunteer journey on our blog.

This year, we recognize Shellen’s 20-year milestone as a Kids Cancer Care volunteer. Thank you Shellen, and all volunteers, for your amazing contribution. People like you provide joy and hope to kids during a very dark time. Shellen, you are a shining example of what it means to give and to commit yourself to children whose lives have been interrupted by cancer. Thank you for an amazing 20 years Shellen. Here’s to 20 more!