Public’s help sought for Medina ‘Santa’ battling cancer

Posted 21 August 2017 at 9:49 am


In today’s world, more and more people are being diagnosed with cancer. It affects more families every day. Recently a citizen of Orleans County has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Operable Small Cell Cancer.

The national standard for life expectancy for this stage cancer is 1 year. Sheldon “Shelly” DeHollander is a Medina School Bus Driver, a lifelong member of Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Department and has played Santa in the Village of Medina for 30 years.

Shelly plans on fighting this with all he has got and has recently started chemotherapy. He has willingly given all he can to his family, his community and the countless number of children he has touched both by driving bus and by listening to their Christmas wishes.

This extraordinary man would never ask for help so I am asking for him. His health insurance will cover some expenses but not everything and his life insurance was unexpectedly cancelled recently. Right now, he needs a lot of help and I have setup a Go Fund Me page for Shelly.  If you would like to donate, please go to

Thank you to all those who have already donated. Your generosity is very much appreciated and will help him with his current medical bills. Shelly and his wife Jackie appreciate anything you can do. If you are unable to donate anything, please keep him in your prayers.

Cards can be sent to: Sheldon DeHollander, 230 Erin Dr., Medina, NY  14103.


Kathi Hutchison

Winder, Ga.

Sister-in-law to Sheldon DeHollander