ShanesWay was proud to help Elexa make a memorable trip to Disney World and Sea World
"I had a blast sitting down with Mike Mathis on Monday. I've tried to learn the guitar a couple times before. But it was either uninteresting chord exercises or friends trying to show me how to play a song way outside my reach. Mike blended the two, setting an easy-going and interesting environment. Not only do I get to learn the fundamentals, but also the music that drives me.
I don't think thank you even comes close to expressing how grateful I am for everything ShanesWay has done for me. I'm over the moon."
The Shane Cattanach Memorial Foundation was begun out of necessity… a parent’s need to make sense out of the senseless.
We lost our oldest son, Shane Cattanach, on November 20, 2009, due to complications from asthma, a disease he had endured all his 27 years. Shane never let his asthma distract him from achieving his goals. He lived life to its fullest: earning 2 black belts by the time he was 14, skateboarding, hunting, fishing, mobbing his Chevy pickup, busing tables, bungee jumping, bartending, brewing beer, graduating with a BA in Finance, skydiving, surfing, running a ½ marathon, traveling, living in Ireland for a year, boxing, MMA training, visiting with friends and family, and living large! Our motto is the bio that Shane wrote about himself for his myspace.com page. It says it all. Our goal is to help other young adults who have life threatening illnesses to have a “Get it in while you can” moment.
ShanesWay and Shasta County
By Kari Cattanach
2013 has brought some changes to ShanesWay. Originally, 2011 and 2012 saw ShanesWay helping young adults throughout the United States, but the non-profit has decided to focus on helping the North State’s own critically ill young adults have a “Live Life” moment. With community support for fundraisers, ShanesWay has been able to help 2 young adults with “Live Life” moments in 2013.
Stephanie S. is battling Stage 4 Neuroendocrine Carcinoma of the cervix that has spread. Stephanie’s “Live Life” moment was to take her husband and 2 young daughters to Hawaii. Again, with the support of Redding’s community, ShanesWay was able to give Stephanie and her family 7 days on Maui. According to Stephanie, “Sunburn or not. It was heaven!”
Sarah Ball is ShanesWay’s second “Live Life” moment recipient. Karen Ball, Sarah’s mom, says it best… “Sarah is now one of the oldest living people with her disability…Lissencephaly. She cannot walk, or sit, or eat, or talk or even see…but she is aware and conscious of her surroundings. She can hear…and feel….and accept love and give love. She spends every evening being held by either her father or me. This is no easy feat as her spasticity makes her very stiff and difficult to hold. She has severe scoliosis and spastic quadriplegia along with asthma epilepsy, cortical visual impairment and the list goes on… “ Last summer, Sarah’s family found out that water therapy was a magical key for Sarah. Karen Ball writes, “She was taken in the water and her response was nothing less than magical. We came back multiple times and had training in this wonderful experience.”
Karen asked ShanesWay for a pool for Sarah. ShanesWay contacted Roy Leffel at Hot Springs Spa of Redding and he enthusiastically agreed to help get the correct spa for Sarah and her family. Again….the North State community came through for its young adults who are suffering with a life threatening illness.
Shasta Roller Derby will be having a bout titled “ShanesWay Showdown, Skating for a Cause”, on August 10th , as a ShanesWay fundraiser. Be on the look out for posters or check out ShanesWay’s FB page for more info. Also you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for a Food Maxx SHARES card to support ShanesWay. Food Maxx/Save Mart donates 3% of what is purchased when a SHARES card is shown. Thank you.
It’s not who you know, it’s what you do. Our goal is to acknowledge people who are making a positive impact on their community. We give back to those who commit selfless acts not for their own benefit, but for the benefit of others.
Drum roll please…..our first ShanesWay Community Service Award belongs to Miss Margot Wells.
Margot is a 3rd grader at Columbia School where her mom, Piper Wells, teaches. Dad, Matt Wells, is a loan officer at North Valley Bank.
Margot Wells is being recognized for donating over $800 to ShanesWay in the past two years. Planning for her 7th birthday, Margot really didn’t want any new toys so she and her family decided to ask her party guests to donate to ShanesWay instead of bringing gifts. It was such a big hit that Margot decided to dedicate her birthday presents to ShanesWay again at her 8th birthday.
Some of the hobbies Miss Margot enjoys is acting, dancing, and playing fiddle. She has been in a play for Riverfront Playhouse and has taken fiddle lessons from Miss Trisha for close to 4 years.
Margot also enjoys reading Beverly Clearly books such as “Ramona and Her Father” and “Beezus.”
Thank you, Margot, for setting a gracious example of how young people can make a huge impact on those around them!
ShanesWay is a nonprofit dedicated to helping young adults, 18-30 years old, who are fighting a life threatening illness have a “Live Life” moment.
A fun time was had by all at this wonderful event. Amazing food, great times with good people. Hope to see you there next year!
A special thank you to everyone who generously donated their time and goods for the silent auction which helped make this night fantastic!
We are excited to have you participate in this years Run/Walk benefiting ShanesWay.
Oct 29-30, 2011
- FoodMaxx and SaveMart Shares card at Home and Garden Show in Chico
Nov 6th, 2011
- Chili Cookoff hosted by Team Quest
Nov 22, 2011
- Riverfront Playhouse Christmas play Tickets $20
Feb 11, 2012
- Flip Flop and Finery Monte Carlo night Pasta bar and games $25
May 12, 2012
3rd annual ShanesWay walk/run at Lema Ranch
ShanesWay helped Violet buy a car from Liberty Hyundai in Michigan. Violet found out about ShanesWay in an article about organizations that help young adults with cancer. this lovely young lady is battling Stage 4 cancer.
Special thanks to everyone is We had a great time today….everyone was a real trooper with the rain. Thanks to all who helped and attended. We raised $3883 dollars. That will help another young adult with a "Live Life" moment We are truly blessed
"I can't thank you enough for last night. The Concert was so awesome. I had the best time i could ever have. Thank you Thank you Thank you! We had a great time… it was soo awesome. I cant even really express how awesome it was. Thank you so much for letting me be able to be your first Life Moment. It was literally a life moment.
Thank you again ShanesWay, It was killer! "
Hunter Penrod 2011
Lil Wayne Concert