Thanks to the Brad Kaminsky Foundation, dance studios throughout North America are galvanizing their students, teachers, and choreographers to raise money to support research for childhood cancer. The iDance4aCURE #1Million4aCURE campaign has a goal of raising $1 million for Children’s National physician-scientists who are pioneering new treatments to support children who have rare and deadly forms of cancer.
iDance4aCURE was formed in October 2013 by the Brad Kaminsky Foundation, which was established in 2000 by Lisa Kaminsky-Millar in honor of her brother Brad, who lost his battle to brain cancer at 28. The foundation has donated more than $1 million to fund research specifically to develop less toxic treatments such as gene therapies and immunotherapies. “Through the iDance4aCURE #1Million4aCURE campaign, our mission is to continue to fund critical, cutting-edge research at Children’s National, one of the world’s foremost leaders in pediatric cancer research," Millar said.
The campaign has grown from 8 studios to 25 and has inspired the dance community to join the fight against childhood cancer by offering donation boxes and hosting dance marathons, master dance classes, and performances. If you’d like to get involved, or know of a dance studio that would like to join the campaign, contact Bethany Metzroth at Children’s National by email or at 301-565-8520. Get more information at the iDance4aCure website.