Shelby’s Way

On December 15th, 2009, we lost our oldest son, Shelby Cain, to suicide.


Shelby was a talented young man that had a passion for racing, art, photography, and “the car scene.” He was full of life and loved by many. However, he also found himself in a very lonely place, struggling with depression. Like many others, he came to the sad conclusion that ending his life was the only way to stop the hurting he felt inside.

How could we not have known that our own son had reached such a dark place? As his parents, we should have done more to prevent this tragedy!

This is exactly why we started Shelby’s Way. We could think of no better way to honor our son’s life than by touching the lives of others and bringing awareness to the prevention of suicide.

Like Shelby, when someone is thinking about suicide, it’s not likely that they will just come out and tell you. By bringing awareness to the prevention of suicide, our foundation hopes to change mindsets and spread the word about how to look for signs of trouble. By taking the time to listen to your friends, family members, or even complete strangers, you may be able to help prevent another tragedy. Through fellowship, sincerity, and taking the time to love one another, we believe that suicide can sometimes be prevented!

We have taken to the streets and started spreading our message through The love of racing and Hot Rodding that we shared with Shelby! The Shelby’s Racin’ for a Purpose is a local Drag Racing Shootout that we hold at Mountain Park Dragway in Clay City, KY. We also decided that while attending local cruise in’s, car shows or even larger National automotive events that the Shelby’s Hot Rod Roundup would be a way of also involving the talented show crowd. Through these events an merchandise sales,we are raising the money needed to continue spreading our message an start giving Back to the community.

Speaking of giving back, Shelby’s Way wants to help individuals right here in our local Central KY communities. While our government and other local organizations do a lot to help those in desperate need, sometimes the “smaller” financial problems in life go unnoticed. Struggling financially to meet basic needs can often lead to the depression and loneliness that develops into bigger problems. Hopefully, our foundation, through working with local churches, can help reach someone who needs a helping hand to get back on their feet before the situation becomes more desperate.

Take the time to listen, love each other, and we’ll see you at the track or cruising to the show!