Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Suppose they held a function for cancer survivors and only one showed up? Well that’s kind of what happened last night at Timothy’s Restaurant on Wilmington’s Riverfront.
Billed as a fundraiser for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, DanceStrong kicked off at about 6 p.m. with a $15 (donation) cover charge, raffle tickets and men and women in costumes set for Dancing With the Stars.
The only thing that seemed to missing was a cancer survivor or two.
There seemed to be about 100 people there from Starliters Dance Studio and Core Fitness both from Wilmington Delaware.  Oh, and Kate and I.
We sat near the exit, expecting an evening of dancing and soon discovered we’d be watching other people dance – actually putting on a demonstration of different dances.
As the event filled, some people would stop by our table and say, “So are here with Bryan (owner of Starliters)?”
“No I’d reply,” I am a cancer survivor.
“Oh, okay,” they’d reply with a befuddled tilt of the head as if the evening had nothing to do with survivorship -- just dance. Which of course is okay, just kind of strange. It was as if having a cancer survivor hanging out at DanceStrong was kind of unexpected.
The dancing was okay and kind of fun to watch and I am thankful these folks raised money for livestrong,org, God knows it’s an important cause
It’s just that the reaction of the people to having a survivor in the room was just kind of funny – It was kind of like they were having a party for people they hoped didn’t actually show up.
Maybe they were just intimidated by my dancing prowess.

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