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5K event returns to honor Shelby Glisson

Xavier Smith • Oct 13, 2017 at 12:48 PM

The Shine for Shelby 5K Glow Run and Walk will return this month to honor and raise funds for a scholarship in honor of Shelby Glisson, who died last year.

The event will take place Oct. 21 at Winfree Bryant Middle School. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. A fun run will start at 6:30 p.m., followed by a live auction at 7 p.m. and 5K race at 7:30 p.m.

Winners will be announced at 8:30 p.m. during closing ceremonies, which will include a lantern release. Lanterns will be available for purchase at the event and only chip-timed runners will be timed.

Glisson had a rare lung condition that required her to be on oxygen from the time she was 9 months old. She received her first double lung transplant Dec. 23, 2006.

Afterward, Glisson went into chronic rejection and did photopheresis treatment to preserve the lung functions she had left. 

She went on to graduate from Friendship Christian School, attended the University of Chattanooga’s nursing program and was a member of the Sigma Kappa sorority.

After a year and a half of college, she started feeling ill, and the transplant team did her seven-year evaluation early to determine what was wrong.

Glisson’s health was rapidly deteriorating, and she would not survive long without a second lung transplant, which she had Aug. 12, 2014. The surgery brought about numerous complications. Glisson died Feb. 4, 2016.

To register and for more information, visit shineforshelby,org. 

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