Sudbury’s Dance Evolution dancers, recently raised 3602.00 at the door from their last performance. The proceeds will benefit children in the community battling cancer.
Last year, competitive dancer, Kameryn VanWallengham was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 6 years old. Dance Evolution quickly created a fundraiser show to help finance the families travels back and forth from Sick Kids and the Ronald McDonald House in Toronto. Kameryn was able to attend the performance and cheered on her peers louder than anyone in the audience.
Kameryn battled through her sickness for over a year and still going through treatments, however she was strong enough to dance this year in a fundraiser to raise money for children like herself.
Kameryn jumped into Dance Evolution’s fulltime competitive program as of January 2013. It was amazing to see her on the stage this year instead of watching and supoorting us from the audience. She even asked Director Ali Loney, if she could make a speech to the audience to thank the dance studio community for all the help and support they gave her last year. She spoke so maturely, and even though she now only 8 years old, she is well beyond her years because what she has gone through.
There were many tears at the performance on Wednesday, as Miss Ali (owner/director) and the VanWallengham family reminisced about the struggles they faced throughout the past year. The house lights went on in the auditorium and you see everyone in the audience with a little tear in their eye.
In their speech on stage, the VanWallengham’s mentioned how proud and honoured they were to be able to raise for funds for a another family in need, like themselves. We truly have an amazing community.
All proceeds from the event went to the NOFCC (Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer) Dayna Caruso was there to accept the cheque for 3602.00.
We wouldn’t of been able to do it without our amazing sponsors. Larry’s Service Centre, Wolf Mountain Diamond drilling, Andre Lemieux from Caldwell Banker, Derek Lewis Dentistry and Jump! The Skate, Dance and Gymnastic store. because of their generous donation, all proceeds from the door were able to go directly to the charity.
Since this sickness has touched the studio first hand, they truly know the meaning of giving back to the community. The Fundraiser has become an annual event and the dancers and faculty cannot wait for their 3rd annual charity fundraiser next Spring.