Area runners are invited to participate in the second annual Shelby's Run, scheduled to be held in Clever on Nov. 22. The event, which raises money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, will be held in memory of Shelby Grover, daughter of Cassville High School alumna Nicole (Hale) Grover.
"Shelby was a bright and loving little girl," Nicole writes on a website that has been established in honor of Shelby. "She could melt your heart with just one smile or laugh."
Shelby's family began noticing fine tremors in the little girl's extremities in 2006. As the tremors became more frequent, she began to have trouble walking so her parents scheduled an appointment with their pediatrician.
A MRI revealed that a large tumor occupied both lobes of Shelby's brain. She was admitted to the intensive care unit at a Springfield hospital for observation.
After Shelby's first surgery, which was conducted in Springfield, physicians found an anaplastic astrocytoma, which was identified as high grade glioma. Shelby and her parents were sent to St. Jude Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., where she underwent surgery followed by chemotherapy.
Shelby was moved from monthly inpatient chemotherapy to a weekly outpatient chemotherapy but neither treatments were successful. Physicians subscribed a daily chemotherapy treatment, which Shelby was given at home until June of 2007.
"At this point, the cystic portion of the tumor was life threatening," wrote Nicole. "They did an emergency surgery to save her life. They were able to resect the cyst that was causing problems.
"We were then informed she probably only had a few months to live because of the malignancy of the tumor," wrote Nicole. "We again attempted another trial of chemotherapy. Again no success."
In order to give Shelby a chance to live chemotherapy-free for a while, Shelby's parents discontinued her treatments on Sept. 6, 2007. She passed away on Oct. 18, 2007.
"Shelby has taught us the true meaning of life," wrote Nicole. "We miss her terribly but are so grateful that God chose us to be her parents. We would do it all over again for her."
Last year, Shelby's Run raised over $10,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
For more information on this year's event, which will offer 10K, 5K and one-mile runs, visit cleverk12.mo.us. Shelby's story is available on-line at caringbridge.org/visit/shelbygrover.