President + Founder
Sheyla is a former soldier of the Minnesota Army National Guard. 4 months after she graduated CBRN AIT at Fort Leonard Wood, MO in October 2016, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at 19 years old. After completing treatment at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, she started to notice that resources and education for servicemembers with cancer, particularly state guardsmen, were lacking. Although very blessed to have such a support system during her treatment and state resources available to her disposal, she decided that cancer in the military needs more awareness. Since she’s transitioned into survivorship, she took up a lengthy resume of legislation she’s tackled at the state and federal levels with the help of other cancer organizations. After serving as a peer reviewer for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program for FY 2018 and 2019, she founded Combat Boots & Cancer to provide financial assistance and other resources to servicemembers, veterans, and their dependent spouses and children touched by cancer. A Brainerd High School graduate and Minneapolis College alumni, Sheyla recently moved to Texas with her husband, who is an airman at Joint Base San Antonio. She is operating the nonprofit logistics full time and pursuing a certification to be a licensed medical assistant in hopes to become a nurse someday in pediatric hematology oncology.
BJ is a retired USAF Reserve medic, two-time testicular cancer survivor, an alumnus of iO West (formerly improvOlympic West), Upright Citizens Brigade Los Angeles, and a graduate of The Second City Hollywood Conservatory, long form program, and musical improv programs. He has also studied at The Groundlings Theater. He is a service-connected disabled veteran yet continues to be an athlete, ambassador, and mentor in the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program where he also serves as a comedy coach teaching applied improv as part of the resiliency programs. BJ is also a proud cast member of DIAVOLO Dance Theatre’s Veterans Project which recently performed at The Kennedy Center. He is a member of the Veterans of Comedy, Veterans in Media & Entertainment, and the American Legion. BJ has been seen on MTV, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Comedy Central. He is an instructor at The Improv Trick, 3-2-1 Acting Studios, and The Second City Hollywood where he leads the Improv for Veterans Program.