GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A husband and wife both find themselves in the battle of their lives.
Shelby and Ben Offrink are simultaneously fighting different forms of cancer as they raise two young girls, WXMI reported.
In February, Shelby was diagnosed with Grade IV glioblastoma of the spine, one of the rarest forms of cancer that causes severe pain and sometimes paralysis.
A few months later, Ben found out his Hodgkin’s lymphoma had relapsed for the third time since 2002.
Ben and Shelby are both now going through regular chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
The couple did not feel comfortable talking on camera Thursday as they continue to go through their treatments, but did extend their thanks and appreciation to those who have helped and donated.
“I think they’re an inspiration for us,” said Kristy Hendricks, a long-time friend of Shelby’s.
“With Shelby’s positive attitude and wanting to fight from the get-go, we couldn’t help but rally and stay positive because of her.”
Both Hendricks and long-time friend Abbey Mix said the support for Ben and Shelby they’ve seen from the community has been overwhelming, but not entirely unexpected.
“We’ve said we’re not shocked by the support but (Shelby) is. From the very beginning, as soon as the gifts, donations, prayers, and well wishes started rolling in, she couldn’t believe it. She’s incredibly grateful,” Mix said.