ASD Benefit for Cystic Fibrosis
Those who read my blog regularly know that my daughter is a dancer. As a member of the dance team at Armstrong School of Dance, she takes several classes a week as do all the team girls, in all styles of dance. They are an amazing, beautiful group of girls.
Last season they reached their goal of a National Championship in competitions in New York City. This year they decided to focus their efforts less on competition and more on local performances and community service. So for a Holiday performance Karen Gorsky and her mother, Ann Armstrong, brought the Armstrong students to the Ithaca High School auditorium for a benefit to aid in fighting Cystic Fibrosis.
Twenty-two separate dance numbers were presented by dancers from mid to upper levels in front of holiday decorations and sparkling lights and an exuberant crowd. The youngest performers who danced first, filled the floor in front of the stage to watch the older students as they leapt and glided gracefully across the floor. They raised over $6,000 for the cause and were a delight to watch. I commend all of them for their efforts.
Cystic Fibrosis is the number one genetic killer of children and young adults in the United States today. It is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in our country. A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections among other effects. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have extended life for children and adults with CF. In 2006, the predicted median age of survival was 37 years.
I am so happy that my daughter has chosen dance as an interest and has committed to it with such passion. Dance, like many athletic activities, builds strength, flexibility, and stamina, tones the body and improves the balance and coordination. But beyond that these dancers also obviously build self-esteem, confidence, poise and grace.
They learn about team work, camaraderie and friendship, leadership, discipline, goal setting, and learn how it feels to be an integral part of the body of a performance. Everyone is important, and each one is valued. It’s a wonderful thing. I thank Karen and ASD for all that you have given my daughter over the years and for what you have done to help her to be a proud and beautiful young woman.
For everyone that reads here, I wish you all the very best for the Holidays. Thank you for being here all year with me, and for coming back so often. It means a great deal.
For more information or to make a donation to fight Cystic Fibrosis, contact the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814, 866-347-2345. Or go to their web site at http://www.cff.org.
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