Photo by Judy La Russa: On Oct. 12, 2011, friends and family of Shane Cattanach gather around a bench that was dedicated to the ShanesWay organization named in his honor. In photo, friend Stacey Pike stands next to the bench at the Sacramento River Trail location and reads a poem that had been written by Shane. For more information about ShanesWay go to their website
Kyle, Kari and Rick Cattanach pose with the ShanesWay bench.

On Oct 12, 2011, a beautiful bench engraved with the ShanesWay emblem was dedicated on a section of the Sacramento River Trail located about a one quarter mile east from the Sundial Bridge. The concrete bench was donated by Outdoor Creations.

ShanesWay is an organization named after Shane Cattanach, a local man who lost his life two years ago at the age of 27 to complications of asthma, a condition he suffered with all his life.  The organization offers 18-30 year old young adults who have a life threatening illness the chance to experience “a life moment that they have always thought about doing, but just can’t get done by themselves.”

During the commemoration, Stacey Pike, a good friend of Shane’s, spoke to a crowd of approximate 25 friends and family. She said,” We thought it poetic justice to have a little get together to celebrate Shane’s 29th birthday today. Most of us here knew Shane and have shared fantastic memories with him.” Stacey then read a poem written by Shane: It’s not who you know. It’s what you do. At the end of the day, the only person you have to answer to is yourself. Experience as much as possible in the short time you have in this world. Ask yourself, “Wouldn’t you rather be the observed, than the observer? Wouldn’t you rather lose everything on the field, than risk nothing on the bench? Wouldn’t you rather see it through your eyes, than through a picture?  You only live once and for how long is unknown so get it while you can. Shane Cattanach 2009.

Stacey continued the tribute by saying, “This bench isn’t to remind us of the past, but it is to show us to embrace the future with open arms. With your help, ShanesWay has been able to help young adults who are suffering from a life threatening illness have a “Live Life” memory just like Shane gave to us. Again, through Shane’s family, friends, and hometown, ShanesWay has already given “Live Life” moments to Shasta Country’s Hunter and Nicole, and across the United State we have helped Elexa, Dewayne and Violet live theirs.  Recently, ShanesWay has been contacted by four other adults who are in the process of sending in a request. All of these young adults are so thankful and can’t believe an organization like ShanesWay exists…. Let’s keep spreading the word about ShanesWay.”