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Stamping Out Cancer 10 Years Strong

Cooper Foundation Carolyn Shelby

Meet Carolyn Shelby, an 11-year breast cancer survivor and long-time supporter of Cooper, who was inspired during her treatment journey to raise funds for cancer patients in need.

“While I was undergoing my own treatment, I saw some patients really struggling through their cancer journey which spurred me to become involved with the ‘Pink and Teal’ movement. I quickly realized this was a cause I was very passionate about,” Shelby said.

Her dedication led her to start an annual fundraising event called “Stamping Out Cancer”, where participants come together to create heartfelt greeting cards using donated supplies and the proceeds donated directly to MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper.

“Through generous contributions from businesses and individuals, every single item for the event is donated, which means every single penny raised goes directly to supporting cancer research and aiding patients in need,” she said.

As the initiative enters its 10th year, Shelby reflects on the impact of her team’s work.

“Some of the wonderful women who support the initiative have been survivors for up to 30 years, so they’ve witnessed a dramatic change in cancer treatments over the years.”

“The treatments have definitely become more sophisticated, some used to be quite brutal.”

Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, Shelby and her team were able to keep the event alive and thriving. Some years have attracted more than 100 dedicated participants.

“This year, the goal is to raise $10k for our 10th anniversary and do something extra special to recognize survivors.”

Join the Pink & Teal community in their journey to “Stamp Out Cancer” and instill hope in the lives of cancer patients undergoing treatment.