A pancake breakfast for Shelly Knowlen is set for April 14 from (9 AM – 1 PM) at the Mandan Eagles Club. Shelly is the lovely wife of longtime Bismarck High head coach Scott Knowlen and is battling against a rare form of cancer called Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma. North Dakota wrestling community, please rally around Shelly! Read up on what Shelly is dealing with below.
Battle for Shelly
In 2010 Shelly Holzer Knowlen, a 20-year teaching veteran at Mary Stark Elementary in Mandan, developed a cancerous tumor and had it successfully removed from her Bartholin gland. However, early in 2017, a new tumor was removed from her pelvis and identified as Adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC), an extremely rare type of cancer. The cancer has spread to her lungs and bones, despite radiation and chemo treatments. Because of the rarity of ACC, even the Mayo Clinic offered no treatment options, but another referral was made to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for entry into their ACC clinical trial set to begin in May. Shelly and her husband, Scott, will be travelling to Houston for treatments every two weeks or temporarily move there as she receives treatments. Meanwhile, the medical/travel/housing expenses are expected to be overwhelming.
Please consider donating to Shelly so she can continue her journey in finding a cure and be able to travel to Houston to receive treatments. We appreciate everyone’s support during this time.
Shelly is the shining light in so many people’s lives. She is always very positive and lives her life to the fullest. She is there for anyone. Shelly brings so much love, laughter, and happiness to her family, her students and co-workers, her church family and student ministries, and to her and her husband’s BHS Demon wrestling family. She is absolutely adored by everyone she meets!