5k event to honor Shelby Glisson

Jake Old • Updated Sep 1, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Shine for Shelby 5k Glow Run/Walk is an event that will raise funds for a scholarship in the name of Shelby Glisson, who passed away earlier this year.


The Shelby Glisson Memorial Nurshing Scholarship fund will assist a nursing student who has faced some sort of health issue. Glisson’s dream was to become a nurse-transplant coordinator.


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 passed away Feb. 4, 2016.

Coach Greg Armstrong of Friendship Christian School visited the Lebanon Noon Rotary Club Tuesday afternoon to share some of his personal experiences with Glisson, who was a student of his.

Glisson was in Armstrong’s biology class during her freshman year of high school. Armstrong read from a letter Glisson wrote him near the end of that school year.

“I think Shelby understood at a young age how precious and how fleeting our days truly are,” Armstrong said. “She certainly never had a problem with living life to the fullest.”

The 5k will take place Oct. 22 at Winfree Bryant Middle School. Parking will be at College Hills, 1401 Leeville Pike in Lebanon.

At 5 p.m., registration will open. A “Fun Run” will begin at 5:30 p.m. and a silent auction will happen at 6 p.m. The 5k will start at 7:30 p.m. and winners will be announced at 9 p.m.

For more information, visit shineforshelby.org. 

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