In 2004, Shelby, a six-year-old from San Antonio, who was diagnosed with a life-threatening form of cancer known as Neuroblastoma, asked Make-A-Wish volunteers to make her the star in a commercial.
On her big day, Shelby graced the red carpet with only inches of velvet rope separating her from her 1,300 autograph-seeking, poster-waving fans. She smiled, posed and even granted an interview to the local media from her very own director's chair.
With support from the University of Texas Chi Omega sorority, production assistance from News 9 San Antonio, Shelby was a hit. She promoted Make-A-Wish in a PSA that featured two other wish kids.
Shelby’s parents said that her wish gave them a chance to look forward to something other than dealing with the medical procedures for a child with cancer.
“The wish also gave Shelby more self-confidence,” said Ron, Shelby’s father. “If she was happy, we were happy.”
Some of Shelby’s favorite wish memories include riding in a limo, getting her hair and make-up done and of course, seeing herself on the big screen.
“I think the wish was probably granted ten years ago, but it is a wish that kept on giving,” said Ron. “It’s still bringing joy to our family.”
Today, Shelby is an academically successful senior at a local San Antonio High School. Although she never forgot her wish to have an entertainment career, she now aspires to go to college and get a degree in fashion design.