On Friday October 18th from 6:30-9:30pm, we are hosting our first ever Dance-a-thon donating all funds to BCRF. Together we will raise more money for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation than we ever could alone!
What's a Dance-a-thon?
Get ready for three epic hours of non-stop dancing, laughter, and community - all for a great cause! Attendees do not need prior dance experience to enjoy the Dance-a-thon: all classes will be beginner friendly. Dancers may dance the entire time or take breaks. :)
Our instructors have graciously donated their time for this event, and we’re pulling out all the stops! The evening will open and close with light yoga and meditation to ground us, then we’ll explore three dance formats:
GROOV3 with Jasmine
Zumba with Courtney
Contemporary with Elizabeth
With so many great causes, why choose breast cancer?
Friends - this is where it gets real personal. Bethany has been a long time friend of mine and has been close friends with my husband since college. She is a 35-year-old mother of two: 2-year-old Tate and 9-month-old Airlie; a Realtor; a creative thinker; a Colorado native and a freelance writer. She has a Masters in English Literature, has run 3 half marathons with burros, loves to travel, eat and be outdoors.
In April of 2019 she was diagnosed with Stage IV oligometastatic breast cancer. Her cancer had found its way into her lymph nodes and also into one of her lungs. Her treatment plan involves 5 months of chemo, then surgery and radiation, and then a lifetime of monitoring and immunotherapy treatment and/or other cancer-suppressing drugs.
She first discovered the tumor while she was pumping milk for her daughter (5 months at the time), and after her diagnosis, learned that have the BRCA1 mutation, which means she has a 50-80% chance of getting breast cancer, and a 40-60% chance of ovarian cancer. Her doctor specializes in post-partum cancer (it's a real phenomenon among young women who have just had babies), and is a champion of innovative treatments for oligometastatic breast cancer. Though she never expected this would be her reality at age 35, she's thankful for the amazing support of her family and friends, a great medical team, and the incredible progress being made in breast cancer treatment. The immunotherapy she's on currently just got approved several months ago - and we are using it to fight the cancer cells!
When choosing which organization to donate funds to, I turned to my friend Bethany to decide and here's why she chose BCRF:
"In a sea of pink ribbons, it's difficult to figure out exactly who is donating to what breast cancer organizations, and what difference it all might make (does that pink ribbon on my soda can mean that Pepsi is donating? to whom? how much?). Because I am living with Stage IV breast cancer, I want to support research that addresses metastatic breast cancer specifically. When I was first diagnosed, I thought "no one dies from breast cancer." However, I've learned a lot about the disease in the last few months. For example: One in eight women in the US will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. For nearly 30 percent of them, the cancer will spread, or metastasize. While there has been significant progress in early detection and treatment for primary breast cancer, advances in treatment and prevention of metastasis are lagging behind. Today, an estimated 150,000 to 250,000 women and men in the US alone are living with metastatic breast cancer. That means that one in three breast cancer patients are affected by metastatic breast cancer - and 1 in 3 women would benefit from research into finding a cure for it.
Even though prevention (mammograms and self breast exams) is a big piece of the puzzle, research is another VERY big piece. People often say to me "good thing you caught it early." And I shake my head and say "no - we didn't catch it early enough." Even though I found the lump myself; even though I did self breast exams; even though I am only 35 and I breastfed 2 babies (all of which is supposed to help fend off breast cancer), the cancer nevertheless progressed to Stage IV swiftly and aggressively. That could happen to any one of us - and good research and cutting edge medicine is the only way we'll be able to tackle it.
I've chosen to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for a few reasons: first, BCRF is recognized as one of the most financially efficient nonprofits in the country. They are the highest rated breast cancer charity in the U.S. This means that 90% of every donation goes directly to research, and they have nearly 300 researchers urgently (and efficiently) working on solutions to big problems. Second, BCRF's Founder's Fund in particular focuses on metastatic breast cancer research, as they believe that "no topic in cancer medicine is more pressing and no opportunity more significant than understanding and stopping metastasis." For me, giving to an organization with a passion for and clear focus on metastatic breast cancer research is meaningful and fulfilling. Their mission, to achieve "prevention and a cure for breast cancer... critical funding for cancer research worldwide to fuel advances in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis and survivorship" resonates with me greatly."
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation can fund one full week of research for $2,000, so we’ve made that our fundraising goal for this event. It’s a lofty goal, but a worthy one! It’s also a goal that we know we need your help to achieve.
Want to help?
To attend the Dance-a-thon, or if you’d just like to make a donation, please donate to our team page! The process is fast, easy, and secure... and you can be sure that it will benefit a great cause!
You can also help support our cause by recruiting a friend or family member to sponsor your dancing at the event.Let’s show up, move, dance, and sweat in support of breast cancer research.