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Holly Shull: helping young cancer patients forget they're sick

Stephanie Norris is just one of many who can't stop talking about Holly Shull.

"We are here because she is the most selfless woman I have ever met. She does everything for these children. She loves each and every single one of them," said Stephanie Norris.

Shull is always working in the oncology unit and is also the head volunteer for Lana's Love. It's a foundation that provides support and activities for families dealing with pediatric cancer.

"All this while battling her own health issues --mainly Lupus. That can keep her down a couple of days, but then she's right back here because this is her family," said Norris.

Whether she's doing crafts or even just sitting and holding a child's hand, Shull is clearly unforgettable. Lydia Brink remembers Shull from years ago, when she was receiving treatment for cancer at T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital.

"I was one of the only teenagers so having an adult to come in and talk to me and be around me was nice -- rather than just being around all the little kids," said Brink.

We wait in the lobby outside of the infusion center at T.C. Thompson Children's hospital. This is where Shull volunteers several times a week.

"Holly, on behalf of NewsChannel 9 and the McMahan Law Firm, we want to Pay it Forward to you $500," said Norris.

Shull may have a soft voice, but she has a huge heart, always helping children and families, by something as simple as listening to their stories or going on a hunt for something a child wants.

"It's just a huge passion of mine ... seeing the kids' faces light up if they ask for something in particular. I get to go out and find what it is and bring it to them," said Shull.

Shull inspires the fight from within to help children believe they can kick cancer to the curb.

"I love these families. Several of them have grown to be huge friends of ours but I love all of them," said Shull.


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