Friday, April 8, 2016
MWOY Boy of the Year: Brian Shaw
The 2016 North Texas Man & Woman of the Year (MWOY) campaign will kickoff in 4 days. As the candidates gear up for the ten-week fundraising competition, the focus turns to the North Texas Boy of the Year. Brian Shaw will serve as inspiration for the nine candidates raising money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) during the campaign.
Brian's parents suspected something with wrong with their energetic, happy, intelligent and compassionate four-year-old when he started acting differently. Their doctor determined he had acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common type of cancer in children under 18, and started his grueling treatment immediately. Now three and a half years later, Brian is in the final six months of his treatment regimen and the treatment's side effects are starting to wane so he can get back to doing what he enjoys most - going to school, painting and participating in anything competitive.
One mantra has guided Brian and his family during the whole treatment process: turn bad luck into something good. The Shaws have used this saying as a rallying cry and have been very involved in sharing Brian's story, fundraising for LLS through various campaigns and advocating for the advancement of better research. They know that although Brian responded well to treatment, there is still much work to be done.
The North Texas Chapter is honored to have Brian serve as the Boy of the Year and know that he will inspire the 2016 MWOY candidates to do great things.
The MWOY kickoff is scheduled for Thursday, April 12th at Sambuca in Uptown Dallas. Visit mwoy.org/ntx to learn more about the campaign and its candidates.