By Angela Kraft
It is with somber hearts that we share an update to our feature story from our Aug. 23 edition.
Troy Shaw has lost his battle with melanoma. After giving his life in service to Belton, our town will be mourning his loss alongside his family and friends. Shaw has left a hole in the Belton School District, Belton Police Department and the Belton Cares organization where he dedicated his life to making a difference.
Shaw and his family requested we again bring melanoma awareness to the forefront. Early detection is extremely important. Remember the ABCDE rule: Asymmetry (one half of the mole doesn't match the other), Border irregularity, Color that is not uniform, Diameter greater than 6 mm (about the size of a pencil eraser), and Evolving size, shape or color.
If you haven’t before, please set an appointment with a dermatologist to get a full body check and discuss your risks.
Services will be held at Belton High School at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. There will be a two visitations, one prior to the service at 1 p.m., and one following the service at 3 p.m.
The family has requested donations be made to Belton Cares and/or The Melanoma Research Foundation. Donations can be sent to Belton Cares at 110 W. Walnut St. Belton, MO 64012.