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As some of you know, my mom is a one year Ovarian cancer survivor. She was diagnosed in February 2006 with Stage III Ovarian cancer, had a series of 8 chemo treatments, lost all of her hair, a complete hysterectomy, and now she's cancer free! It was a very long and hard road, but we are sticking through it together, as always.

My sister has a dance education major and teaches at a local dance studio. She felt like she had to do something in order to help show her support and continue to spread the word about Ovarian cancer. In order to do this, she came up with a benefit that will help support current and future cancer patients. The benefit is called "The Miracle Dancer" and this was the second year for the show. Last year they raised over $8,000 dollars and this year they hope to raise more. All of the money, every penny, is given to Ohio Health Cancer Patient Services, which allows for the patients who can afford to pay for their treatments to have them paid for them.

This past weekend was the event. My entire family tries very hard to spread the word, we post fliers around town, post on local chat boards, call friends, send mass emails, call family, and I think my mom included a "save the date" in her Christmas cards. We have people that attend that are from the dance studio, from the local hospitals, co-workers, family friends, etc... The theatre that they hold it at is a local theatre that they have to rent out with money from local sponsors or from the dance studio itself. None of the money donated is used toward any of those costs.

Anyway, it was a hit! We had about 300 people at both shows and each show was about an hour and 1/2 long. They had fun up beat music and varieties of other types. It really was a great show.

My uncle, my aunt and her husband all came to the show and to visit from out of state and my mom was thrilled to have them there. It was a quick trip but nice to have family around again. It's sad when grandparents pass away and family time fades and doesn't continue to be a priority. (more on this for another post)

So, now without further ado, pictures from the weekend:



















Next year, maybe you can plan on attending the benefit. It really was a great show and so many people that had attended for the first time were so happy that they did because of the experience.

Comments

Christina said…
Wow!! What an amazing event. Pretty impressive, too, that it raised over 8K in the first year! That's unheard of.

Congratulations and best wishes to your mom.
Allison said…
Hmmm...if you get two comments from me, disregard. I think my first one got deleted.

I'm so glad the show was a success and would LOVE to hear about it next year!!! That sort of thing is right up my alley, as I still consider myself a dancer, even though I haven't regularly taken classes since freshman year of college...I took them from age 4 until then, though! What an awesome benefit!
Mrs. Dirnberger said…
That sounds amazing! what a great idea for a fundraiser! And raising that much money is incrediable! way to go!
Danica Lynn said…
So happy to hear it was a success!!
Whitney said…
I hope we can come to this next year!! It's SO awesome and admirable that you guys band together to create and promote this show for your mom and cancer research!!!
t.w.i.t. said…
That's wonderful! (So sorry we couldn't go.)

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