Just this past February, Shelby was having a normal day when she started feeling ill, developing painful knots and began bruising. She was sent to the hospital where she was admitted for 3 weeks. During her stay, her doctors found out that Shelby was suffering from chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, which is a cancer of the blood cells. Her white blood cell count was way above normal and she was experiencing blackouts. Shelby’s doctors began her on daily oral chemotherapy treatments, weekly blood work and she will soon have to undergo a painful bone marrow transplant surgery.
Shelby’s wish was granted when she attended the 3-day Anime Blues Convention in Tennessee. Not only was she able to go and experience the fun of an anime convention, but she also got to dress up as one of her favorite anime characters, Howl from “Howl’s Moving Castle.” As an extra surprise at the convention, Shelby was able to meet famous voice actor Vic Mignogna during a special meet-and-greet session!!! While in Tennessee, Shelby and her family also visited Graceland and the Memphis Zoo. All in all, it was a wonderful wish for Shelby.