Gifts to More Moments More Memories Honor Co-Founders' Sister
Sherry Whitford, sister of More Moments More Memories co-founders Christi and Shelley Shaw, passed away on May 30, 2018 after a long battle with multiple myeloma. Sherry, along with the Shaw sisters' late mother, was the inspiration behind creating the More Moments More Memories Foundation. Sherry gave valuable input into the foundation, providing the patient's perspective and needs, which helped the foundation to successfully launch.
Sherry had a passion for caring for others and she did this in many ways throughout her life. Sherry worked as a nurse's aide, helped her husband with the farms they managed, and worked as an elementary school cook and kitchen manager, but Sherry’s favorite job was being a mother. She loved and cared deeply for her children, and she dedicated all of her time during their pre-school years to caring for them and teaching them. Most recently, Sherry cared for other cancer patients in her support group and community by encouraging them, sharing her faith in Jesus, and being an example of strength and courage. Read Sherry's full obituary at the Grau Funeral Homes and Cremation Services site.
The Shaw family became familiar with the significant hardships of cancer through Sherry’s experience and that of the sisters’ late mother, Karen. Those experiences inspired the mission of the More Moments More Memories Foundation. Karen died of breast cancer in 1996. At the time, the sisters, growing up in Clayton County, Iowa, were told there was nothing more anyone could do to save their mother's life. She suffered through chemotherapy, radiation, and bravely fought to stay alive. What the sisters did not know was that there were clinical trials available at the time in different parts of the country. If they had known, and their mother had been given the option to take advantage of those trials, she might have lived to see her youngest daughter graduate from college on Mother's Day and attend the funerals of her parents, who instead had to endure the loss of their child.
Sadly, cancer touched these three sisters' lives again when Sherry was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. As a high-risk patient, she had to travel to many states away to gain access to new solutions to extend the quality and quantity of her life. Fortunately, her sisters were able to put their careers on hold to support Sherry through a clinical trial and other innovative treatments. As pharmeceutical industry executives, Christi and Shelley had both the institutional knowledge and experience to become effective patient caregivers and advocates for their sister. As they navigated through the healthcare system, it became clear to them that most families in similar situations do not have their unique experience or ability.
The Shaw sisters are passionate about their belief that lack of financial resources or lack of awareness about potential solutions should never stand in the way of creating More Moments and More Memories for families.
Sherry’s memory will live on through the foundation her sisters started in her honor, More Moments More Memories. Instead of flowers, her wish was for donations to the foundation to assist people with cancer and their caregivers, who are often so desperately in need of help. Thank you to the following who honored Sherry's memory with a gift to the More Moments More Memories Foundation.
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|John Bamforth and Susan Mahoney||Sarah Lucero|
|Ester Banque||William Lumpkin|
|Lydia Barrett||Barrett Madrigal|
|Ruth Belin||Catheryn Majewski|
|Brett and Jessica Berrier||Tessa Mangrich|
|Valerie Bruemmer||Joe and Anna Marangelli|
|Julia Butchko||John McCusker|
|Jennifer Carnahan||Elizabeth Goldsmith McGee|
|Karl Charles-Pierre||Jim McGill|
|Leta and Steve Clausen||Robert Merk|
|Steven Cohen||Michelle Minard|
|Enrique Conterno||George Montalbano|
|Gayle Crick||Kelli Moran|
|Cytokinetics, Inc.||Amy Muse|
|Gudarz Davar||Patricia Myers|
|Sharyn DeLaurentis||Nicole and Joel O'Brien|
|Dorothy Devlin||Ernest and Nancy Osborn|
|Delores, Leon, and Duane Duckett||Rhonda Pacheco|
|Judith Fernandez||Steve Poeschl|
|Phyllis Ferrell||Janet Raciti|
|Samantha Fitzenrider||The Ricks Foundation|
|Michael Foley||Gary and Mary Rushing|
|Stephen Fry||John and Patti Russo|
|Doug and Pat Gage||Ashish Sagrolikar|
|Salvador Garcia de Quevedo||Joseph Senese|
|Bob and Hila Garms||Scott Shortenhaus|
|Susanne Hanchar||Joshua Smiley|
|Donald Handel||Dr. Andrew and M.J. Smith|
|Laura Cox-Heuer||Amy Stumpf|
|Gregory and William Houston||Milt Taliadouros|
|Michael Hulka||Tamara Jacobs Communications|
|Sharon and Charles Janda||Ann Marie Tejcek|
|Lora Khoury||Denice Torres|
|Kraig Kinchen||Laverne Troester|
|Katie Koehn||Alonzo Weems|
|Shannon Korsi||Deanna Underwood, Brian, maggie, Pam, and Jean Underwood|
|Erica Kuchinski||Jyun Yan Yang|
|Cindy Lehrer||Tianming Zhu|