Friday, July 13, 2012

Card for Lily-Mae

As most of you know, I am involved, in a very small way, in the ballet world. Recently, we were shocked to learn that the 4 year old daughter of one of our teachers had been diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer. Lily-Mae is the daughter of Judith Sibley, of YouthBalletWest, and Leighton Morrison. As a parent, my heart immediately went out to them. As the parent of someone training to be a full-time professional dancer, I realised that these people could not both work and care for their daughter and son. Dancing is a hard hard profession, it is unforgiving - if you can't work, you don't get paid, especially if you are a teacher or freelance performer. There is no backup.
There have been lots of fundraising events going on, especially the kindness of Jamie Harrison who donated his busking money to Lily-Mae and her family. We at INYB are holding our own fundraiser tomorrow, the first of several, as we have some more planned for the autumn too, when everyone is back rehearsing. I made this card for Lily-Mae as I read that she likes both dinosaurs and dancing - a hard thing to combine in a card, but I hope she likes it!
If anyone would like to donate to the trust for Lily-Mae, here is the link. Any surplus funds will go towards neuroblastoma research. Thank you. x.

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