Kris Shackelford wrote -
Our rivalry began with our marriage when Frank, a Trojan married me, a Bruin. We went to UCLA and to USC games, but we were always rivals. When our twin sons were two, we bought them UCLA and USC jackets. They caused many delightful conversations. As our three kids grew older, we took them to UCLA and USC games. Frank was a wonderful father to our kids and worked three jobs so I could be a stay-at-home mother. We were both very involved in our kids’ activities. Our daughter modeled and our sons played football. When our son, David, was a senior in high school, he wrote an essay about wanting to go into research to cure cancer that had taken our beloved grandmother’s life. He won the scholarship and graduated from UCSD in science. His twin brother graduated from UCI in economics then received his Masters Degree from USC in accounting. Our daughter married a mechanical engineer and had three wonderful children. David earned his Ph.D. at Brandies in molecular biology studying leukemia. He did a post doctorial at Salk Institute in lung cancer. He is now an assistant professor at UCLA with his own lab doing lung cancer research even though he is a Trojan at heart. He married a doctor-another dedicated Bruin-so the rivalry continues. He was the first recipient of a Rivals United grant from Kure It. In 2014, Frank was diagnosed with kidney cancer that had spread to his lungs. He went to UCLA for treatment that consisted of targeted therapy. All three off our children rallied to our side. Our daughter cooked meals and helped with doctor and hospital visits. Our son, Mike, hosted many family dinners watching USC games as did David. And yes, I rooted for USC when they were not playing UCLA. Mike also helped us financially, as the expenses for the medicine were tremendous. David and his wife helped us extensively with the doctors, medical advice, and support. However, Frank’s health deteriorated and did not respond to the drugs. Kure It Cancer Research lovingly reached out to us and met with Frank, offering him wonderful support. In October, Frank quietly passed away with us loving him. He was lucid enough to know that USC won the night before he died and gave his Trojans a thumb’s up. Today, new cutting edge research is developing ways to determine the effectiveness of drugs on cancer before they are administered. If this research had been available, Frank might still be alive today. In honor of his loving memory, I am establishing a memorial fund to further cancer research so that future lives might be saved. Stopping cancer and curing it is about investing in the best doctors and projects. Kure it donates 89% of its money to research for cancer. I have become an active volunteer for Kure It in honor of my husband and am seeking your support to help eradicate cancer from future generations. If you are able, the Shackelford family and Kure It Cancer Research would welcome your donations to Frank’s memorial so that we may one day truly “Kure It”.