Dance Arts Centre Presents:
Dance with CourageMarch 8, 2015 | 1-3pm | Mall of America - Rotunda
Dance Arts Centre is focused on teaching our dancers the importance of working together, leading by example, maintaining deep values of social responsibility and giving back to our community.
For 9 years, Dance Arts Centre has teamed up with True Friends, to host our annual fundraising event, Dance With Courage at Mall of America. True Friends, a non-profit organization, focused on the mission of providing life-changing experiences that enhance independence and self-esteem for children and adults with disabilities.
Dance with Courage Impact: Liza's Story
Liza is a happy, hard-working 14-year-old who loves organizing her room, hanging out with friends and reading. She recently swam 9 laps during a Special Olympics training session, stopping only briefly to catch her breath between lengths. We are thrilled that she’s back in the pool after being sidelined due to an eye injury during a major surgery in 2011.
Liza was born with a rare craniofacial condition called Apert Syndrome. It causes the bones – primarily in the head, face, hands and feet – to grow in irregular ways. She has had more than 20 surgeries to separate her fingers, repair her palate, give her brain room to grow, and enable her to breathe through her nose. She takes the surgeries in stride, tolerating the interventions and pain as she teaches her family, friends and medical team about courage, acceptance and grace.
It has been our goal as parents to give Liza the same opportunities that her brother and sister have. One of these is experiencing the joy and independence of camp. We are very grateful that True Friends makes camp accessible for children with special needs.
Camp Courage is the highlight of the summer for Liza. Last year she went to Horsing Around Literacy Camp and loved it. She especially likes riding and bonding with the horses, tubing and sitting around the bon fire. The scholarship she receives from Dance With Courage has been a blessing to our family; without it, camp would not be possible because of higher-priority therapeutic and medical expenses.
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