July 9, 2014

Medical fund established for Shanna Kirby

Live Oak woman, 39, diagnosed with aggressive form of melanoma

July 9, 2014 Bryant Thigpen Suwannee Democrat

Live Oak —

Fundraisers and a bank account have been set up to benefit Shanna Kirby, a 39 year old Live Oak resident who was diagnosed with melanoma last week. A medical fund has been set up at First Federal Bank in Live Oak. Surrey Place Care Center, where Shanna is employed as chaplain, has coordinated several fundraising events to help the family with medical expenses.

“It has overwhelmed us the generosity and love that people have shown our daughter,” said Wanda Kirby. 

For those wishing to donate to the medical fund, visit any First Federal Bank branch on Ohio Avenue, and reference Shanna Kirby. 

All fundraisers hosted by Surrey Place Care Center will be held at the facilities, located at 110 SE Lee Ave., in Live Oak. All proceeds raised from the following efforts will benefit the Kirby family.

On July 5, the center will do a benefit car wash; a bake sale will be held on July 9; a community barbecue is scheduled for July 12; and a chicken and rice dinner will be sold on July 30.

The center is selling hospital beds at $25 each, or best offer. Tickets are now available for a 50/50 raffle, and the drawing will be held on July 7.

Donation jars have been distributed around Suwannee County including one at the Suwannee Democrat.

Wanda told the Democrat Shanna had been complaining of back pain for about three months. 

“She thought she might have pushed a patient in a wheelchair the wrong way and injured her back,” Wanda said. “We finally got a doctor to order an MRI. They came back and told us that we couldn’t take her home, but that she was being transported to the emergency room.” 

Wanda recalled when she got to the ER, she was told Shanna had a tumor in her back that was the whole length of her spine, and that parts of it had broken off and crushed several vertebrae. 

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