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Article by Lindsey Bryant

Photography by Lindsey Bryant

What do you do with the suffocating life circumstances that have hit you like a tidal wave?

One woman in the Treasure Valley decided to be a light.

Sheri Schmidt transformed her heartbreaking experience of her son's journey through pediatric cancer into an opportunity for service. She now assists in facilitating support for families going through the challenges of a child who is diagnosed with cancer.

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Sheri's son was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoma at just 2 years old. Through this experience, she realized just how important it is to band together with other families faced with pediatric cancer. She co-founded the organization Shinecology with another pediatric cancer mom and a registered nurse. Shinecology is currently facilitating the connection of pediatric cancer families to one another and the community resources that are available to them.

Sheri detailed events that Shinecology hosts from showering pediatric cancer moms with love, story times for the kids, and family movie nights at the theater. She expressed a desire to be able to offer more events for dads. She also touched on the hope of being able to expand the services offered through the organization.

Sheri's poise and perspective on her experiences as a mom with a mission is inspiring. She expressed the joy she has knowing that other pediatric cancer families can find each other and feel supported with her efforts. The needs in the specific arena of pediatric cancer is vast. That's where community donations can help.

I wanted to step up to the plate to offer support where I can. I am personally donating photography services through my small business, B & B Artistry. On Oct. 3, I will be hosting a fundraiser for Shinecology. You can access the event details by clicking here. You can donate to Shinecology at any time by going to

Each one of our gut-wrenching circumstances can become a page in the survival guide in the human experience for someone else. It is up to us to utilize those uncharted grounds to help the people around us.

The podcast with my audio interview with Sheri can be accessed by clicking HERE or by clicking on the image of Sheri. I would love for you to hear more from her by listening to the podcast episode.