Determined to Matter, a tribute to Shannon

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- Parents Jen and Dan O'Hara chronicle the yearlong battle of their daughters inoperable brain tumor from diagnosis to death in their book Determined to Matter: A Family Facing Inoperable Brain Cancer.

Shannon was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) when she was only 12-years-old and fought a courageous fight while living her life with a positive attitude.

Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the Shannon O'Hara Foundation (SOF) which was created in her memory and is a way to support youth who carry on Shannon's ideals of working hard and being a good friend and teammate. The SOF funds two $2,000 scholarships per year to graduating seniors of the Rochester community. The Foundation also raises money for St. Jude, and Mayo Clinic fundraiser Brains Together for a Cure.

Shannon is a 2013 honoree at the Humor to Fight the Tumor annual gala at The Depot and her parents were selected as this year's speakers at the annual Fall Festival of Hope taking place on Sept. 18 at The Depot.

Shannon's inspirational courage is able to live on through Determined to Matter, available at Magers & Quinn in Minneapolis, Micawber's Books in St. Paul, and Barnes and Noble in the Edina Galleria.

Learn more about the Shannon O'Hara Foundation and how to donate by visiting the website.

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