Repost from @dancehopecure using @RepostRegramApp - Dance Hope Cure ambassador Ava is 10 years old and is classically trained in ballet at Pittsburgh Ballet House @pittsburghballethouse in Cranberry Twp PA. She is from Pittsburgh PA and wants to bring awareness to childhood cancer in memory of Grace Elizabeth Ekis @alwaysdancingwithgrace The Zisko family was notified of this important cause by Madison Nace and family.
4 year-old ballerina Grace Elizabeth Ekis was diagnosed in January 2007 with a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an inoperable tumor located in the brainstem. Affecting primarily children, it is the rarest and worst of all pediatric brain tumors and survival time is typically just 9 to 12 months from diagnosis. Treatment options are limited, there is no known cure for this type of cancer, and there have been no advances in treatment options for more than 35 years. After a courageous 13-month battle, Grace danced her way to heaven on Valentine's Day 2008 –
Millennium Dance Complex Pittsburgh @millenniumpgh is proud to participate in a 5K event called RACE FOR GRACE each year by forming a team of dancers to do individual fundraising and perform at the race in memory of Grace while supporting the Reflections Of Grace Foundation. Team Director Emma Pfeifer is a friend of the Ekis family and has danced at this event for the past 7 years, “Over the years we have done everything we could to spread awareness and help raise funds to battle this terrible disease. Grace was an amazing little dancer and watching her dance until she was physically unable to was life changing. She was so dedicated to dance that she danced in her wheelchair side by side with her dance friends just 9 days before she passed away. From then on, we knew we had to try to make a difference. With the opportunity to dance at the Race, we tell Grace’s story to our dance friends and their families that participate in hopes they retell Grace’s courageous story to others.