Theresa Shea is a very special mother. Her 10 year old son Aidan, experienced a fatal arteriovenous malformation (AVM), similar to an aneurism which burst in his brain stem. In the course of only 5 days a very healthy and happy little boy had passed away. The suddenness of this tragic circumstance was devastating to the Shea Family and the entire community in Elmhurst who knew this family so well. There is no explaining how this wonderful little boy, and this wonderful family could experience such an excruciatingly painful life event. Among the miraculous things that can occur, Theresa became familiar with Lurie Children’s Hospital and Specialists there who devote themselves to children and their care every day. Despite their own terrible loss, the Sheas were witness to amazing medical professionals performing amazing treatments for children in their care.
Making arrangements for a child is as difficult as anyone can imagine. Marya Gibbons, knowing the Shea Family and the loving generosity of the Elmhurst Community encouraged Theresa Shea to choose a place that meant something important to the family so families who wanted to support Aidan had a place to direct their generosity. By the end of 2018, over $40,000 has been raised by Aidan’s foundation and an annual event continues to add to that generosity.
In honor of their love for their beautiful son, the Sheas made the decision to help others. The Aidan Shea Foundation was established to support Project IGNITE, run by Dr. Marcelo Malakooti, whom the Sheas had met through their experience. :
Thanks to the generous support of the Aidan Shea Foundation. We in the IGNITE Innovation program in the PICU at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago have been able to build and grow innovative solutions for our special patients and families whom we serve. The partnership of the Foundation and efforts of the Shea family to assist us in searching for new, creative ways to enhance our care delivery, from virtual reality programs to preserving life-saving resources, has been integral to our development and preservation of our Mission.
Marcelo Malakooti, MD