The friends of the Shedore family are uniting to raise money to help with medical expenses as Mike battles ALS and Mikey fights Leukemia.
We are used to storms. They come in, upsetting everything we know for a few minutes or a few days, and then they pass, leaving us with a mess to clean up, but ultimately making way for sunny days ahead. A storm has been sitting over the Shedore family for over a year now, wreaking yet more destruction just when it seems the situation can’t possibly worsen.
Bea Shedore was pregnant with twins in 2011 when her husband, Mike, was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. By the time the twins were born in February of 2012, Mike, a fisherman by trade, could no longer work and required constant care. Their five-year old son, Mikey, helped his mom take care of the new twins and his dad. The Shedores had invested their life savings into Two Mikes, a fishing boat that was to be their only source of income.
In July of 2012, Two Mikes, skippered by employees of the Shedores, wrecked into the jetty in Tillamook, Oregon, destroying the boat and killing their family dog who had been on board. Bea was quoted in The Daily Astorian saying, “I kept saying that things couldn’t get any worse, but now I’m going to say things can only get better.” (http://www.dailyastorian.com/news/local/sinking-is-latest-disaster-for-ilwaco-family/article_31fc564e-dc04-11e1-b216-0019bb2963f4.html)
In October of 2012 Mike Shedore suffered a major heart attack, and the effects of that along with the symptoms of ALS left him needing constant medical supervision. He was moved to a care facility in Vancouver, Washington. Bea was making frequent trips from their home in Ilwaco with the twins, still less than a year old, and Mikey, now six, to visit Mike. On December 31st Bea posted on her Facebook page “Happy New Year everyone. Hope this one is going to be a good one.” Just over a week later, on January 8th, 2013, six-year old Mikey was diagnosed with Leukemia. He is currently undergoing cancer treatment in Portland.
In another awful turn of events, while on a quick trip home from the hospital to pack up clothes and pick up birthday presents for Mikey’s 7th birthday (January 26th), Mikey, Bea, the twins (Forest and Lily, 11 months) and a family friend were in a car accident on January 18th, breaking both of Mikey's legs and his ankle.
The events of the past year and a half have been unimaginably devastating for the Shedores. Bea’s strength in the face of all of this has been truly remarkable, though she needs support. As the twins approach their first birthday and Bea does her best to care for Mikey and Mike, money should not be something she needs to worry about, yet it is a very real concern.
Bea does not ask for anything, so we are asking on her behalf. Please do what you can to help this family. While money won’t cure illness, it will lift at least a small portion of the burden this family has been forced to face.
Cash or check donations can also be made to the family at any Bank of the Pacific branch.