Wish Wednesday: Shelby

Published 11/28 2013 03:42AM

Updated 11/28 2013 03:48AM

By Allison Morrison

(LUBBOCK, TX) - It was two years ago this week.

"The fear of the unknown is something that really rips at the root of your stomach," Todd Maxwell said.

"It was November 29th, 2011," Shelby Maxwell said.

Shelby was a senior at Monterey High School, when life as she knew it, changed.

"You know, it was just bam, bam, bam and it came back that I had leukemia," she said.

The same day she was diagnosed with the disease, she started treatment.

And sometime during that trying time, Shelby met Make-A-Wish.

"So I told them Hawaii or meet Justin Bieber."

"I was so glad she picked Hawaii and not Justin Bieber. It made me so much happier," Todd, Shelby's dad, laughed.

Within a few months, she traded a hospital bed for the beach in Hawaii.

"We swam with dolphins," Shelby said.

"We snorkeled in a volcano," Todd added.

But the best part, Shelby said, was the chance to be a typical teen.

"I think Make-A-Wish is awesome, I think what they do is awesome because they are giving the kids and the families a chance to be normal kids again and feel normal again," Shelby said.

Todd agreed, saying Make-A-Wish not only changed Shelby's life, it put her on the path to recovery.

"The people with Make-A-Wish and the work they do to provide for these children an escape from this new reality that they have, there's just not a better place in the community where I think you can give your attention, your time, your money," he said.

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