Shelby Robin, Ewing's Sarcoma
Shelby Robin has an incredible spirit, a contagious smile and inspires others with her upbeat outlook on life.
Diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma when she was 12 years old, Shelby learned that she would have to have to have her left leg amputated at the knee. From the beginning, she was determined to make the best of her situation and continued to be an active teenager. She resumed cheerleading and even began modeling — becoming an incredible volunteer and tremendous role model for pediatric cancer patients along the way!
Shelby often acts as a spokesperson for the Children's Art Project at MD Anderson. She and her family are frequent visitors to the Cancer Center, speaking to young patients and their parents about amputation and what they might expect to experience. Shelby helps them overcome their fear and to understand that an amputation doesn’t mean that you can’t live a normal life.
Shelby has also been active with the Sunshine Kids, an international nonprofit organization focused on creating positive and exciting experiences for children with cancer. She was named the first official "Spokes-Kid" for the organization and has traveled widely for the program.
Shelby also “test runs” prosthetic devices for Dallas-based Life Like Laboratories, and is lucky enough to have five different legs that she can wear that correspond to the type of activity she is participating in. From her “cheerleader” prosthesis — one that has special built-in shocks to help her body absorb the jars of these maneuvers — to a waterproof prosthesis that looks like skin to another leg that adjusts to fit the heel height of her shoes, Shelby truly has a leg up on all of us.