I've made some questionable choices in the past that I've come to regret - consuming dairy despite being lactose intolerant, staying up very late to binge-watch a TV series despite having to get up early and cutting my fringe to name a few.
However, despite my initial reluctance, the one thing I haven't regretted is my decision to participate in the Stars of the Highlands: Dance for Cancer.
I will be the first to admit that I have two left feet and the thought of dancing on stage in front of a sea of people is slightly nauseating.
However it's nothing compared to the fight people diagnosed with cancer go through; chemotherapy, radiotherapy, doctors appointments. It's not easy.
I have watched countless family members battle various forms of cancer and recover.
Sadly, my grandmother lost her battle with cancer.
My Yiayia Vasso (grandmother in Greek) passed away in December 2018 after she was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in October of the same year.
There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of her, or miss her.
This is why I'm putting my best dance foot forward and raising money for the Cancer Council.
This year I've been partnered with Rebecca Spicer from Shane's Crew who has choreographed a fantastic routine.
Think high energy, sequins, and a 90s, 2000s and 2010s powerhouse vocalist.
As promised I took a quick behind the scenes video (sans sound) of our first dance rehearsal to celebrate reaching $500 in online donations... and well my footwork could use a lot of work.
Money raised for the Cancer Council goes towards conducting vital research, preventing cancer through various education programs, advocating on cancer issues and providing information and support for people and families affected by cancer.
In saying that, when I reach $1500 in donations, I will release another sneak peek of our routine.
So if you would like to donate, please click here.
Also a big shoutout to everyone who has already donated online and in person.
Thank you for supporting me and for supporting my various fundraising methods such as bake sales and making Greek Orthodox Easter candles (lambathas).
Thank you shout out list:
- Jackie Meyers
- Michelle Thomas
- Rocco Calarco
- Tim and Jane Paton
- Penny Loukatis
- Portia and Jin
- Lisa Mastoras
- Roydon NG
- Nadine Adams
- Donna Harris
- Anonymous (I know who you are)
- Trish and Tony Agamalis (cash donation)
- Ian and Sylvia (cash donation)
- Joe Maltese and Andrea Coundouris (cash donation)
- Eve Greentree (cash donation)
- Rita Korneg-Herceg (cash donation)
- Everyone who bought cupcakes off of me at Austral Bowling Club
- Anyone I've missed - sorry
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