I am writing as a friend and colleague of Shelley Kirk for almost 30 years. You may be aware that in the fall of 2009, Shelley was diagnosed with her fourth episode of cancer, this time Ovarian. She has a 25 year history of living with cancer, first in 1986, breast cancer (age 28), in 1989, breast cancer and again in 2004, breast cancer. Very soon after that she was tested for a gene mutation BCRA1 and was found to have it, which is the breast cancer and ovarian cancer gene mutation. Quickly thereafter she had a hysterectomy to prevent ovarian cancer but alas it reared its ugly head. The odds of this happening are ½%.
During her first rounds of chemo for the ovarian cancer from September 2009 to February 2010, she had remarkable turnaround with all markers returning normal and showing no sign of the disease at the time. She concentrated on getting re-energized and back to health. Just as Shelley was ready to re-establish her work and relationships, she was hit with the news that the cancer was back in July 2010 in the peritoneal area causing a blockage, making this episode number five.
Shelley is never a person to stay put down for long and she and her doctors were back on high alert. In August 2009, she was accepted into a drug trial (Parp Inhibitor) in Kelowna which uses the next generation of drugs based on gene therapy. After seven weeks of travelling back and forth to Kelowna, it was determined that the trial was not working for her and she is currently undergoing chemotherapy in Vancouver, BC at the BC Cancer Agency.
As Shelley’s friend and colleague, I felt compelled to help in any way that I could, which is the reason for this communication. The cost of the program and drugs are covered but her travel, accommodation and other costs are not covered. Shelley has always been self-sufficient but being away from work for extended period takes a toll.
I have set up a trust fund for Shelley (“The Shelley Kirk Trust Fund”) at HSBC Bank of Canada in Vancouver and am writing to invite you to become a contributor.
Although any amount will be graciously received, if you would like to be a “Road Partner” of Shelley, a contribution of $500, $1,000 or $2,000 would be an outstanding amount to help her around the next few bends in the road.
On behalf of the Trustee, I am happy to receive you contribution which will help cover the unexpected costs associated with Shelley’s drawn out fight for health.
Shelley’s ability to turn her mind to positive outcomes continues to be an inspiration to me and many others. Please join us in supporting her recovery.
For more information on how to contribute, please visit the contribution page.
Brian Fairbank, CEO & President
Nevada Geothermal Power Inc.