Shannon Lord Needs Help Paying for School & Big Dream

For: Shannon Lord
Portland, OR
Organizer: Shannon Lord (aka Whippet Good) & Family
Shannon Lord Needs Help Paying for School & Big Dream (Shannon Lord)
of $20,000 goal
36% Complete
Raised by 59 donors

The Story

Years ago, Shannon, worked as an office manager for an inspiring occupational therapist, Dayna K. Willbanks, OTR/L, to assist in opening the outpatient clinic, Elements of Wellness Aquatic & Manual Therapy, Inc. It is there that Shannon found her calling to one day become a manual therapist offering Aquatic Integration and CranioSacral Therapy. She discovered a natural ability in her hands to feel biofeedback and sought out coursework as a layperson to deepen her own understanding of these abilities and skills. After returning to school for the pursuit of medicine, she recognized that the modalities she found to be the most effective offered a more holistic ("whole"-istic) approach.

Since that time she has committed herself to a variety of office jobs in order to utilize her most marketable job skills to pay down debt and decide on the type of license to pursue in order to do the work she has been called to do.

Shannon started the 15-month program at East West College of the Healing Arts last Fall and works full-time while attending classes in the evenings and weekends. We started this fundraiser since Shannon is ineligible for any form of loan due to her previous student debt ratio to her present income. The current goal includes coverage for the cost of the program, books, supplies, additional specialized training courses in CranioSacral Therapy & Aquatic Integration, licensure, and receiving the required professional treatments to learn on a somatic level.

Her big dream is to be able to open a healing space in Portland, OR with a therapy pool for Aquatic Integration, treatment rooms for CranioSacral Therapy, and a movement studio for inclusive and body celebrating dance classes.

Shannon has been actively pursuing increasing her earning potential, but has been unable to increase her income to cover the cost of these added monthly expenses. Hence how we ended up here, with a sincere ask for help and assistance. Shannon continues to fill out scholarship applications and communicate with her family of origin to plan for support from them as it is available.


Please help me, Shannon Ruth Lord, reach my goal in order to receive my license to help people heal themselves. I have been so fortunate to receive so much along my journey to this place, and I am here to give back in the most authentic and genuine ways I am capable of. This is the work I love the most and have been called to do. 

If you are unable to donate, please consider helping us spread the word.

Thank You & Be Well!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 15, 2018

Posted on March 15, 2018

To celebrate the beginning of my 35th birthday, we were able to donate $100 to the WaxFund offered for low-income trans women and trans feminine people. Thank you so much for continuing to support us and celebrate life's milestones with us!

We are now focusing on collecting towards our next school payment due 4/10/2018. Also, I will be taking the CS1 course from the Upledger Institute in mid-April in order to begin the path for my formal CranioSacral Therapy training.

You all have helped make this possible for me. Thank you so very much!

Be Well,

Shannon Ruth

Posted on March 5, 2018


Posted on March 5, 2018

As my 35th birthday approaches, I have been contemplating ways that I can share some of the amazing gifts we have received. So, for every donation we receive through the YouCaring site from now until March 14th (my birthday), 50% will go to the WaxFund offered by Babe Wax, an all gender waxing salon.

I first heard of the WaxFund through my beloved Amma Therapist, Misty Fall, LMT. Babe Wax states that the "WaxFund is a pay-it-forward system of funding waxing services for low-income trans women and trans feminine people in the Portland area."

Please join me in celebrating my next rotation around the sun by giving to others in need in our community.

Love, Shannon

Posted on February 26, 2018


Posted on February 26, 2018

This past month has been intense with lots of unexpected twists and turns on the guardianship front. That being said, we continue to see progress and change every day.

I am still learning to receive, especially when being spread so thin. It is hard to feel as if I am asking for too much, taking too much, and being too much.

We can use any and all of the assistance that you can offer at this time. Please consider helping us continue to boost and promote this fundraiser. Our current goal is for $900 in the next two weeks in order to meet the next school payment that is due on 03/10/2018.

Thank you for being a part of this journey and continuing to believe in me.

Love & Hugs,


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