Shelly Chesbro's Story: Mark Advertising
From the moment Shelly Chesbro first donned her red and white candy-striper uniform in her early teens as a volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital, she learned first-hand the meaning of giving back. Now, as a local business owner at Mark Advertising and a Firelands Regional Medical Center board member, Shelly works hard to be able to “pay it forward”, as she says. She credits her parents with instilling a sense of gratitude in her and says she feels giving back is truly the right thing to do.
“I was so proud of that uniform,” she said. “It meant I was helping others. I have so many blessings in my life and I would feel guilty if I didn’t pay it forward. I got involved at Firelands because it seems to me that so many other people here feel the same way I do about helping others, and there are endless opportunities to do so here at the hospital.”
Her first introduction to giving was when her parents told her about volunteering at Good Samaritan Hospital while she was in junior high. At first, she didn’t know what to expect, but she quickly found out she loved interacting with patients and felt that her job was an important one to each person that she met. She recalls an elderly patient that told her how much her kindness and her smile meant to him. “That really affected me early on and was a defining moment for me on the importance of being compassionate to others.”
“I have always aligned myself with hard working people who understand the meaning of making a difference,” she says, “And I credit these mentors, for much of my professional success, most prominently being that of my father.”
Shelly has served on the Fashion Week, Sandusky Style committee since its inception in 2009, and has attended other Medical Center fundraising events in the past. Shelly has recently become a member of the Firelands Regional Medical Center Board of Directors and has become active in numerous board committees. She says she does this not only because she wants to “pay it forward”, but also because she believes in the mission of Firelands Regional Medical Center and its value in our community.
“Sustaining independent, locally governed healthcare is so important,” she says, “As a locally governed health system, Firelands hires and retains the most qualified, talented physicians and care team members who live in and raise their families here in the greater Sandusky area. Firelands Regional Medical Center is the jewel in the crown that is this area. I joined the board because I know the services Firelands provides are vital to our region and that a strong medical center means a strong community.”