Clancy Aiden Shea

Obituary - 3/6/14 of the Sierra Star

March 4, 2014 

Clancy Aiden Shea died on Feb. 24, 2014, at the age of 11.

Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age one, Clancy loved running and participated in three Smokey Bear Runs at Bass Lake. A wheelchair division was added to the Smokey Bear Run in honor of Clancy.

What began as a community fundraising project for one light-weight stroller for Clancy, resulted in the purchase of five strollers benefiting other Mountain Area children with disabilities. And, for the first time in the Smokey Bear Run's history, the Sept. 24, 2011, race had a wheelchair division due to Clancy. Team Clancy participants in the race ranged in age from six to 21.

The community also united in 2007 to raise funds to send Clancy to Poland for intensive physical therapy.

Clancy also participated in Break the Barriers Run, the Bryan Sturgeons Cerebral Palsy Run, and the Exceptional Kids Coarsegold Rodeo.

He participated in adaptive water skiing and enjoyed watching motor sports, soccer, and football.

Clancy is survived by his mother and father, Casey and Aaron Schweikert; brother Leinidas; sister Callaghan; and grandparents Rory and Kim Shea and Vic and LaDonna Schweikert.

Children at Coarsegold Elementary School released balloons on Clancy's birthday, Feb. 26, in his memory.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 15, at Mountain Christian Center.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations in Clancy's name be made to Children's Hospital Adaptive Sports Program, Children's Hospital of Central California Foundation, 9300 Valley Children's Place, Madera, Calif., 93636-8762. For on-line donations, go to to access the donation portal and choose "other."