Dancing For A Cure Dance Marathon [Cape Cod Event Photographer]
As a teacher Valentine's day was always one of my favorite celebrations. Everyone in the classroom participated in sharing cards and a special song, and went home with a happy heart. February 2nd was a like Valentine's day, as I had the honor of being the photographer for the 9th annual Dancing For a Cure (DFAC) Dance Marathon. Susan Mendoza Friedman, dance teacher extraordinaire, founded the now Cape-wide non profit organization to honor her friend, Karen Scheck, who was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer at age 51. Proceeds from the event will fund cutting edge ovarian and breast cancer research at the Dana-Farber Institute.
Dancers of all ages met at the Mashpee High School gym for 4 hours of nonstop dancing. Whether you were a participant or supporter there were plenty of activities to choose from:
A raffle table with many wonderful donations,
and some creative face painting,
You could leave a kind message for others at at the Kindness Rock Project table,
redesign your dance shirt,
relax with a chair massage,
or enjoy a bite to eat.
But mostly. it was all about the dance.
Whether it was dancers on the stage leading the crowd in an easy-to follow routine
or performances from more than ten dance studios.
There was a flash mob, too, led by Rick Garceau.
Miss Massachusetts, Gabriella Tavares, joined in the fun and helped to make it a special night for everyone.
It was a night when survivors were honored,
and those who lost the battle were remembered.
It was a night of sharing
The evening concluded with special song,
a happy heart,
and knowing that together we can make a difference.
Sounds like a beautiful Valentine.