SPEAKER: Shanna Decker
Born and raised in a small town in Minnesota, Shanna Decker grew far beyond her years at the age of seven with the three words, "You have cancer." After spending much time in the hospital for chemotherapy, undergoing an amputation-like procedure called rotationplasty on her left leg, and the rehab that came with learning to be active again as a child, she returned home with her family. It was at this point that Shanna discovered something different within her spirit.
After seeing such sorrow walking through serious illness and its realities, Shanna and her family knew they could not return to a life far from cancer and its perspective. Almost immediately, they began devoting their time to visiting cancer patients and amputees of all ages at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. With each visit, a greater depth of passion was stirred within Shanna.
Since surviving her cancer, Shanna has made upwards of thirteen hundred personal patient visits providing hope to families and children from around the world. Because of her great love for others, she has been recognized with nine national awards for her volunteerism, and is the founder of her own project called "Hearts of Hope". Most recently, she has given her heart to working closely with Brighter Tomorrows, a non-profit organization benefiting families touched by childhood cancer, where her mother serves as vice president.