Elite Window Tinting, serving the greater Portland and Vancouver areas, is pleased to share the holiday spirit with a young sportswoman who is battling cancer. Ellie Shorter is the varsity soccer captain and cheerleader for Canby High School. In September, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This is a serious form of cancer with an excellent survival rate if the patient receives prompt, appropriate treatment. She was scheduled for three rounds of chemotherapy at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and expects to return to school in January.
A GoFundMe campaign created September 29 stated a $10,000 goal. As of December 21, 2019, more than $16,000 had been raised. These funds will help the Shorter family with the cost of medical treatments, missed work, and cancer-related recovery care that will return this vibrant young lady to the community cancer free and more eager than ever to enjoy her junior year.
Information on her GoFundMe page gives a description of her remarkable family, “Anyone that is lucky enough to know the Shorter Family would use words like kind, honest, friendly, generous, loving, and selfless to describe them.” Sixteen-year-old Ellie is their youngest daughter.
Support for the Shorters has also come from the sale of hundreds of EllieStrong tee shirts, sweatshirts, and stickers. Fundraisers include a hugely successful soccer clinic held at Canby High School; a Taste of the Season Food & Beverage Show at Cutsforth’s on Nov. 7; and more. Perhaps the most noticeable was the Cornhole for Cancer event held at the Antonia Ballroom above the Backstop Bar & Grill.
Fifty, two-person teams registered for the tournament, which also featured a silent auction. Big-ticket auction items included a dozen sets of cornhole boards donated by local businesses who also designed them. The winning bid for a University of Oregon “Go Ducks” cornhole set was approximately $3,000. The event raised nearly $30,000 to help Ellie win her battle with cancer.
One of the organizers of the cornhole tournament, Ryan Oliver, said, “I’m surprised, but then again, I’m not surprised. This is just kind of how Canby rolls.” He continued, “This is what we’re used to here in Canby. It’s how we grew up. It’s what our parents used to do. We just want to play it forward.”
And Ellie rolls with the best of sportswomen. She said, “That’s one of the reasons I love living in this town…it’s awesome to see something happening like this. A teenager at the high school is going through something like this but everyone comes together. It makes me feel loved and supported. There is not one second that I felt alone.”
“It’s just so crazy to see everyone behind me,” Ellie continued. “They are part of my army. It makes it so much easier knowing I am not alone.”
Hodgkin’s lymphoma, formerly known as Hodgkin’s disease, is a cancer of the lymphatic system, part of the immune system. It may affect people of any age, but it is most common in people between 20 and 40 and those over 55. Advances in diagnosis and treatment give people with this disease a good chance for a full recovery. The outlook continues to improve as research uncovers more weapons against this once-deadly disease.
Kenley said, “Our a family-owned business has a personal relationship with each one of our customers. Their concerns are our concerns. When we learned about Ellie, we knew we wanted to participate in our neighbors’ generous outreach to this courageous young woman. We wish her the very best as she resumes her studies and sports activities.”
To learn more ways you can help Ellie, please contact us. We’re in this together!