The Flunk Cancer mission is “Just Living” which reflect our desire to allow teachers and their families affect by cancer to “Just Live” their life. We do this by providing assistance and support to teachers with cancer and their families and help guide them through the difficult avenues of the cancer diagnoses, treatments and care.
Flunk Cancer was created by the family and friends of Shannon McHone, a 2007 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Two years after earning her degree in Elementary Education she was diagnosed with Brain Cancer and, after a valiant 9 year battle, she passed away in April, 2019. Flunk Cancer’s purpose is to address, educate, coordinate, and provide aid and relief to teachers and school administrators, their families and their caregivers suffering from newly diagnosed cancer and/or ongoing cancer treatments.Read More
Shannon McHone (Barry), was a cherished North Carolina school teacher who passed away peacefully in April, 2019 at the age of 32. While Shannon will long be remembered for her valiant fight with cancer, she will forever be defined by the life she enjoyed both before and after her diagnosis. To the end, she reminded us all that the purpose of life was to Just Live and live she did for her 32 years. She had a gift for always finding the good inside the bad and she left all those she touched better than they were before they met. She reminded us that to find life’s treasures all we had to do was look for them and she took great joy in helping us see them every day she was with us. She was one of those treasures and Heaven is now a richer place with her in it.
Shannon was married to Charlie McHone, and together they had a son, Landen, who was 11 years old at the time of her passing. She loved teaching, particularly students with disabilities, and was able to continue working and teaching until September 2018. Her legacy continues with the formation of the Flunk Cancer Foundation, a non-profit charity established to help support teachers and their families as they continue to Just Live while battling disease.Shannon's Story
In 2015, cancer was the second most leading cause of death. The average cost of treatment varies greatly for different cancer types. For example, for brain cancer, the most expensive to treat, costs roughly $115,000 in the first year, while melanoma costs about $5,200. Meanwhile, the average elementary school teacher salary in America is $43,021, and can be much lower depending on the state. Let’s work together to help teachers in need obtain the treatment necessary for their particular treatment, and help them continue to teach the future generations.Donate Today