December 15, 2009

In Memory of Shannon Sperando-Sales

Shannon Sperando was the captain of my high school cheerleading squad. She had the biggest, bluest eyes you've ever seen and beautiful brown ringlets that hung down her back. She certainly made a statement when she walked down the hallway, but it wasn't just for her beauty. She was also incredibly nice to everyone she met. She was exactly the kind of girl you wanted to call your friend, and through years of laughing together during cheerleading practices and whining together through our torturous math classes, I was fortunate enough to be able to call her just that.

Just over two years ago, Shannon was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I know I speak for many when I say how inspired we've been by her strength through it all. When the prognosis was more than grim this past November, she surprised us all by waking on Thanksgiving Day to give her loved ones one more blessed holiday with her. She amazed her doctors by fighting a fatal infection that raged through her already-weak body to hold on for just a little longer. Finally, on December 12, after receiving a beautiful blessing from her husband, Shannon went to be with the Lord.

Through all the grieving, I can't help but admit that my heart smiles just a bit to know how much Shannon was loved. John, her wonderful husband both proposed and married her in the midst her diagnosis and treatment. Nothing was going to stop him from dedicating himself to the love of his life, and he supported her every step of the way. If that's not an amazing testimony of his character, I don't know what is. We should all be so lucky to have people in our lives that are so dedicated to loving us so completely. Thank you, John, for loving Shannon so fully!


  1. Thank you Erin, I am Shannon's mom and I am thinking about her and I found this blog.

    1. I hope my words bring you some comfort in knowing that she touched many lives and will never be forgotten!