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True Champions

  • Shelby and her teammates are finalists at the 2014 WGI Color Guard Championships in Dayton, Ohio

  • Shelby with bus driver and four coaches

  • Shelby before heading to Dayton

  • Bus Send-off

  • Wendy hands out gift bags to the girls on the bus

  • Fun spa night for Shelby and her teammates at Empire Beauty School in York, PA

  • Girls get their nails done

  • Fun at Empire Beauty School

  • Shelby and her teammates show off their new hairstyles and beautiful nails

  • Shelby gets her hair done

  • Shelby and teammates at Empire Beauty School

  • Shelby and teammates at First Watch Restaurant

  • Practicing for the championships

  • More practicing

  • Listening to coaches at practice

  • Performance at the 2014 WGI Color Guard Championships

  • Shelby at dinner

  • Texas Roadhouse donated dinner for Shelby and her teammates

“ It's been an amazing journey... ”


- Shelby

Eighteen-year-old Shelby could have chosen a relaxing trip to Hawaii or a shopping spree to buy the latest new clothes for her wish. Instead, this selfless young woman, diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, chose to send her Color Guard team to the 2014 WGI Color Guard Championships in Dayton, Ohio.

Shelby holds up a Make-A-Wish bannerEven after being diagnosed with cancer at age 16, Shelby would always have a smile on her face when she was competing and practicing with her Red Land High School Performance Group color guard team.  When she found out her school couldn't afford to send their team to the championships in Dayton, Shelby knew what she wanted for her wish. 

To kickoff her team's trip to Ohio, she was surprised with a fun spa night for her and her teammates at Empire Beauty School in York, PA. After the girls were pampered, they had a special send-off at their school. One of the local Wendy restaurants attended, and "Wendy" gave each girl a drawstring Wendy's bag with freebies and snacks inside.  Then her, her teammates and their coaches were off to the championships.

During their time in Ohio, Shelby and her teammates' grew closer through practices, dinners and performances. While they didn't win the 2014 WGI Color Guard Championships, they were finalists and came in 8th place out of 120 groups.  Each girl hugged Shelby after their final performance for sharing her wish with them.  

For Shelby and her teammates, their trip to Dayton was an amazing journey -- one filled with priceless memories and laughter shared between friends.  

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