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.
In just over a decade, Shanna has made upwards of nine 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 benefitting families touched by childhood cancer, where her mother serves as vice president.
Now twenty one years old and a recent college graduate, Shanna has grown into a prominent sought after professional speaker. "Her passion to see life through eyes the world longs for leaves listeners awe-struck with renewed hope for each day," an audience member recently said. What she lives each day becomes who she is. Her passion cannot be silenced as she steps onto stages or into hospital rooms, still to this day.
"Love one another deeply," is the motto adopted by this ever smiling dreamer. "Why," many wonder, "does she return to places where sorrow is so real?"
"Because it is proven over and over again when light shines in a dark place that hope is alive. We live in a world longing for someone to take the time to love deeply enough to be that hope. With the love I have seen in these dark places, I cannot diminish the hope that comes with a smile reminding me that love wins. I live, because love has brought hope to me. I live, and love, because love wins."
- Shanna Decker
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