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From Cancer to American Idol: The story of Shelby Miguel

Jessica, and I recently had the incredible honor to do a photo shoot for a courageous young 17 year old named Shelby Miguel. Shelby’s struggle began after her 4th birth day, Shelby was diagnosed with an aggressive form of blood cancer known as Burkitts Lymphoma.

Shelby at age 4

She underwent chemotherapy at UCSF and she lived in UCSF’s 7-Long with her parents for six months. She struggled with multiple surgeries, nausea, seizures, dozens of spinal taps, daily shots to her leg, and the loss of her hair. To keep her spirits up, Shelby watched a lot of Disney movies from her hospital bed and started to sing along with her favorite Disney princesses. Singing became her coping mechanism. She may have lost her hair from chemo, but she found her voice. And she has not stopped singing since. Shelby feels blessed to be part of Music Is Good Medicine, where she can give back to the place that gave her a second chance at life

Fast forward 13 years, and she has become the Youth Spokesperson for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, where she helps raise money for cancer research. Shelby is also the Youth Ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Plus, she is a promising singer. She has sung for every sporting team in the Bay Area (her last was singing the national anthem for a Giants game). Now she’s prepping for an audition for the X Factor, The Voice, and American Idol. She’s got our vote!

On our shoot I asked her to sing a few bars……WOW!!!!!!!!!

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