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Shelby Studies Art in Paris

Shelby wished to study art in Paris

“ My wish gave me hope for the future. ”

- Shelby

Shelby’s wish experience did more than change her life – it motivated her to change the lives of others.

Her wish came true in 2002. Shelby was 14 … and too weak to wash her own hair. Even worse, she couldn’t find the energy to create art. She could barely lift her paintbrush. After Shelby wished to go to Paris, she had something to anticipate. The thought of getting away from home to experience something new invigorated her.

The lasting result of her wish goes further than great memories of the Sainte Chapelle. The real impact is how the Make-A-Wish® experience encouraged Shelby to help others. She has raised more than $35,000 for Make-A-Wish by selling her paintings. She was an intern at the chapter that granted her wish.

The chance to think about something other than a serious illness was the beginning of a lasting change in her health. She was able to stop taking medication that had been part of her life for 14 years. 

“My wish gave me hope for the future,” Shelby says. “It gave me something to look forward to, and a chance to focus on something other than my illness.”


  • Shelby sold her artwork to raise money for Make-A-Wish

  • Shelby raised over $35,000 selling paintings for Make-A-Wish

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You are an inspiration to me!!! I was born with my kidneys failing and I almost died several times. When I was 10 years old I received a transplant from my mom, made a wish, and went to Disney World! Now I am 26 years old and still have my mom's kidney. I felt like giving up several times in my life, but it's people like you that keep me pushing forward. SHELBY, YOU'RE A HERO!!!

June 15, 2007 - 5:06 PM


Your art work is beautiful. You are so talented! Continue doing such wonderful works of art. I could see you being a famous artist in the very near future. Keep up the fantastic job.

April 15, 2009 - 8:40 AM


Beautiful artwork! My husband is a professional artist that works all around the world and I feel i can see the same passion, dreams and love in your artwork as I see in his. Keep at it as I believe you're making a lot of people smile when they see your works of art! Thanks for making my day!! - jacqueline

April 09, 2012 - 10:18 AM

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