You’d think as a former Division 1 gymnast dancing would come naturally to me. But, I was an uneven bars and balance beam specialist, so I can swing and I can balance, but there is no boogy in my blood. Even so, when I learned "Dancing with Chicago Celebrites" was to fight Breast Cancer, I jumped at the opportunity to do what I can to help. Even if that means putting everyone through my painful attempt at a performance.
On New Years Eve years ago, someone very close to me shared her resolution, "I want to live one more year.” She was battling Breast Cancer for the second time and she knew her time was limited. My heart broke. She knew she was in a fight she couldn't win, even though she so desperately wanted to.
My friend was taken on Christmas morning, just days short of her goal. When I got the call I remember thinking, it’s Christmas morning, no one can die today. It wasn't fair. I was rudely shaken by the realization that Breast Cancer has no integrity, no sportsmanship and no respect for its opponent.
But, it's time we fight back with the same mentality. Let’s raise enough money and awareness so that any woman who is forced in the ring with this despicable disease has concrete in her boxing gloves. Let’s do more than fight back, let’s dig a grave for Breast Cancer so we can all dance on it and ensure there is no memorial for it.
That’s what is motivating me to be part of this event. Every step I take on the dance floor may have no rhythm, but it will have purpose. I am pissed she was taken, and I'm devastated for her family. Watch out Breast Cancer, we’re coming for you, and you should be very afraid.
All the money you donate (outside of credit card fees) will go directly to the fight against breast cancer, to help with preventative research and access to care. With your help, we can help bring an end to this terrible disease. Click the donate link to sponsor my efforts in meeting my fundraising goal. Thank you so much for your support!
|Jarrett & Trish Payton||3/10/2017||$250.00|
|Maureen Kent||3/9/2017||$100.00||Best of luck to Drew and Lauren! Maureen and Chip are cheering you on!!|
|R.J. Santos||3/3/2017||$15.00||Have a great time on the dance floor, best of luck to you Lauren!|