Shantel VanSanten has turned a personal tragedy into a catalyst for helping others.
In 2013, the Shooter actress’s grandmother, Doris Dooymea, was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. Seven months later, on March 27, 2014, Dooymea, a non-smoker, passed away at age 79.
“It left my family and I in a lot of confusion, and to our ignorance, we did not know that lung cancer was the number one cancer killer and that it could happen to anyone. We made the grave assumption that it could only happen to people who smoked,” VanSanten, who has since joined the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE, an initiative dedicated to defeating lung cancer, tells PEOPLE.
As part of LUNG FORCE’s National Women’s Lung Health Week (May 6-12) and LUNG FORCE’s partnership with CVS Health, where from May 6-26, you can visit a CVS pharmacy to donate $1, $3 or more to raise funds for lung cancer awareness, research and education (for more info, visit Lung.org/CVS) – VanSanten is sharing her story and what she has learned in hopes of educating others.
VanSanten and her grandmother, both from Minnesota, were extremely close. When Dooymea, who had been a breast cancer survivor, started experiencing respiratory issues, and was ultimately diagnosed with lung cancer, VanSanten was her caretaker.
You can read the entire article over at PEOPLE.com!
Shantel is celebrating her 32nd birthday today, and we would like to wish her a very happy birthday! We wish you all the best and thank you for the inspirational words you keep sharing with us. Hope you have a day as amazing as you are! In celebration, I added 3 high-quality portraits of Shantel looking gorgeous as always, taken at the Winter TCA Tour back in 2014.
Shantel is celebrating his birthday today, and we would like to wish her a very happy birthday! We love you and we wish you all the best!
Shantel VanSanten Source is celebrating its sixth year anniversary today! I can’t take full credit for the entire site, so shoutout to all the previous owners who have contributed into developing this site. Thank you to our frequent visitors and all who have supported the site all these years. And also to our previous host, Fan Sites Network, for hosting us for almost six years!
To celebrate the anniversary, I have put up new layouts, here on the main site and in the gallery. I hope you all love it as much as I do. The layout is responsive, so if you’re reading this on your phone, you’re seeing its simpler version. Additionally, I’m truly sorry for falling behind on the photoshoots and magazine scans updates on the gallery. Let me make up for it now, as I have updated it with outtakes and scans from 2014 up to this year.
Our previous host has closed, so I had to transfer the site to a paid hosting. The site is fully back online, but sadly, we’re losing the shantelsource.net domain. From now on, our main domain is shantel-vansanten.com, which previously served as our parked domain. Thank you, and please help spread the word!
Shantel is celebrating her birthday today, and we would like to wish her a very happy birthday! Hope you have a great day.
We’d like to wish Shantel a very happy birthday! We hope you have a great day. We all love you!
I’ve finally finished working on the new layouts for the site, including the gallery, and I’m excited to finally apply it! I hope you all like it. Let me know if you spot any error.
Probably due to being inactive for several months, there were over 8000+ spam applications in the previous affiliation database, and the only solution I found to get around it is to make another database. With that, I cleaned out the dead links and those who are not linking back. To those who applied during the site’s inactivity, you’re welcome to re-apply here. I know, I could’ve accepted those applications, but it’s been months now so I’m not sure if everybody’s still interested. And more importantly, I couldn’t see all the valid applications because of the thousands of spam ones.
Hi guys, I’m Jasper and I’m the new owner of Shantel VanSanten Source. I’ve been a huge fan of Shantel since One Tree Hill, and I’m very excited to start working on things around here. Thanks to the admins at Fan Sites Network for letting me adopt this site!
The site hasn’t been active for 8 months now, so I’ll be working on getting it up to date again as soon as I can. I might put up a new layout soon, but I’ll prioritize adding stuff to the gallery and the latest news and updates on Shantel.
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