DANCING WITH THE SURVIVORS

DANCING WITH THE SURVIVORS

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A Guest Blog Post By Sarah Cherry
MMG Intern and graduating Hackley School senior

About 250,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in the USA every year, resulting in the death of over 40,000 people annually.  It’s a staggering statistic, but the stark reality is: 1 in 8 women in the United States is expected to get breast cancer in their lifetime. It’s the most common type of cancer among women.

But what’s often not considered, along with the lumpectomies, mastectomies, radiation, and chemotherapy that these patients have to endure, is the financial burden that an endless onslaught of medical bills can have on their way of life.

Dealing with breast cancer is a 24/7 job. Weak and always in battle, these patients often lose their jobs, struggle to pay for their ongoing medical expenses, insurance premiums, co-pays and deductibles and still have enough money left over to cover the day-to-day expenses necessary to maintain a life for themselves and their families. Many of these women are single parents with zero means to afford even the essentials of daily life. One in four will go into debt because of this one medical misfortune.

And while we all agree cancer research is critical for ending these battles once and for all, until that day happens, we must not ignore the heavy financial burden individuals undertake as they fight to save their own lives. Fortunately, The Pink Fund provides real help by immediately covering up to 90 days and $3000 of expenses for breast cancer patients in active treatment to help these women cover their day-to-day essentials like food and rent.

After carefully brainstorming the best possible way to assist this benevolent and loving community, the Pink Fund started “Dancing with the Survivors” in 2013. Professional dancers are paired with cancer survivors (or people dancing on the behalf of a survivor) and are given eight complimentary dance sessions to encourage the dancers to raise at least $3000 each once they have mastered a dance routine.

They dance in order to help a fellow cancer patient in a battle they themselves have fought so hard to win. During the day of the event, survivors get to dress in their favorite costume, spend time with friends and family, and show off their wonderful ballroom dance moves that they spent the past four months perfecting. Dancing, the best kind of exercise and most fun medicine, allows these survivors to feel good and help support others in a community. In fact, in 2015, “Dancing with the Survivors” raised over $200K to provide real help now to women in 13 different states… and this is just the beginning.

As the event continues to grow, The Pink Fund is encouraging everyone to get involved. They are asking that people of all ages around the world to dress in pink and tweet a video of themselves dancing to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” with #dancewiththesurvivors in the tweet to support the dancers, donate, and dance in the event.

To get involved with the Pink Fund donate now or register to dance and bring real help now to families by showing your support in the fight against breast cancer.