I found out recently that a fellow ballroom dancer, Vincent, has been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor. The collegiate (and formerly collegiate) ballroom community is very tight-knit and many dance friends have been super supportive of Vincent and his fiancee Daisy during this difficult time. One of their friends started a crowdfunding campaign to help Vincent and Daisy with medical costs that are not covered by insurance, which has quickly surpassed its initial goal in just a matter of hours! This is just proof of how dancers are so generous and take care of one another!
Even if you don’t know them personally, you might have been a customer of theirs or seen them vend as VE Dance, as they have been travelling quite a bit to different dance competitions and events.
Their situation especially hits home for me, as I had a good friend and suitemate in college, Lauren, who lost her fight with cancer at a young age. Like anyone else, I have known too many people who have had to deal with cancer – some won their fight, others did not, and others are still living with illness. Any support – monetary, emotional, physical, whatever – is so meaningful to anyone fighting this tough battle.
Please, please consider donating, or passing on this link to others if you cannot do so at this time: Indiegogo: Medical funding for Vincent and Daisy.
Relatedly, Beata, a world champion dancer, is also fighting against cancer, and a page has been set up for her support as well: Partner with Beata.