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Cheryl Weeks, In Her Own Words

Updated: Sep 6, 2022

Dance for the Cure recipient Cheryl Weeks reflects on how navigating life's challenges gets easier when you don't have to go it alone. Cheryl's story is below.

“Sometimes when there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel, the skies open up and light appears. Dance for the Cure is that light."
Cheryl with her pups
Cheryl with her pups

With three part-time hourly-wage jobs and no car, life was already a struggle for Cheryl Weeks. Then came a breast cancer diagnosis and suddenly even those part-time jobs were in jeopardy. Receiving life-saving treatment meant losing hours, but there was no sick-leave or safety net to fall back on which meant a loss of critical wages. The choice was frightening and draining. At 70 and single, Cheryl needed help.

Cheryl recalls her experience with Dance for the Cure, "When I opened the envelope I received in the mail, I was stunned and speechless. Trying to navigate this—yet another bump in the road of life—that the cancer diagnosis has been. Your monetary gift has lightened my load more than I could have hoped."

"Truthfully, just talking to co-founder Kathleen Cirioli, and taking in her encouragement, was a major boost to my resolve in my attempt to win this battle. I could not have asked for more and yet here it is. I will be forever grateful”.


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