Shelly Denise was born in Kansas City, Missouri. Such a
wonderful precious beautiful baby. We instantly fell in love
with her. She was our world. Shelly was very smart. She
learned very quickly. Most years were straight A's in school.
A beautiful smile would be on her face from her early childhood until her
Sports were an activity of hers...volleyball, basketball, dancing
baseball and ice skating. Also, in the marching band. One fall day Shelly
marched in the American Royal Parade.
As her years went by she was a teenager. Her hormones started taking over.
Shelly and a friend decided to run away
one day and they did. Shelly was so trusting. She had no healthy fear. She
ended up getting raped by an older man. He took advantage of our daughter
at the age of 14.
From then on Shelly was taken care of by Dr. Sharon Lee. Dr. Lee took care
of our Shelly like a daughter and truly loved her.
We will be forever gratelfull to her. Dr. Lee is such a wonderful
loving, caring person full of hope and love for all of her patients.
Dr. Lee took care of Shelly for 14 years with no kind of payment at all.
Dr. Lee never refused Shelly medical care. She was
always there to help Shelly. Dr. Lee pulled Shelly through
many bouts of sickness and got her back on her feet. She never gave up on
her, even when Shelly
did not take her meds.
Dr. Lee was there and hugged me, held me and cried with me when Shelly was
taken to ICU the day that she died. Dr. Lee whispered something in Shelly's
ear and then left and shortly after that Shelly died. Shelly's dad and I
were holding her hand when they came in and told us she was gone. Tonia and
Micki from Dr. Lee's office stayed in the ICU room with us for about four
hours till Shelly was gone.
Shelly has a brother named Rick Jr. and a sister named Kristen. They too,
were there for Shelly many times and love her so very much.
Shelly made an impression on many lives while she was here. She loved doing
things with children. She would make crafts with her brother and sister and
play school. They had many fun times together. Shelly participated in the
Kansas City Aids Walks for a few years while she could. Our family and some
of Shelly's friends and our niece, Amy also were supportive and joined in
We, as a family, continue in benefits and causes to help support people with
HIV/AIDS, in Shelly's memory. This keeps her life, her love, her purpose,
her memory alive. No one deserves this disease and no one should have to
ever feel shame for having it. It does not make you BAD if you have it.
People are too judgmental. Everyone is at risk to contract it, no matter
who you are, where you are, or what economic group you are in. HIV/AIDS
strikes all classes, races and ages of people in the whole wide world. It
is scary. Just remember...................
Every person who has been infected with the HIV/AIDS virus is Someone's
precious child, beloved sister or brother grandparent or grandchild, best
friend or valued co-worker.