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A Christmas For Cancer

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A Christmas For Cancer

Brinklee Holyoak, Author

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Did you know that there are 24 people in Caribou Country suffering from some form of cancer? When Andrea Holyoak found this out, she knew then and there that she wanted to find some way to help them. And so, A Christmas for Cancer was born.

The Christmas for Cancer program was not just a one man task, it took every member of the community to pull it off. It consisted of a live and silent auction, a community dinner, a dance performance by couples from the community named The Dancing with the Almost Stars contestants, and a performance by the Social Dance Club, a group of teenagers from the years freshman-senior who dance to choreographed songs by Andrea Holyoak. SDC is managed by Marla Spencer and Taylor Lloyd. To help fund the show, auction, and dinner, over 60 different sponsors contributed time, money, or items to help make the program a huge success.

“I’m overwhelmed by the amount of people who stepped up and donated and sponsored,” Andrea states, “instead of us being separate programs, everyone came together to achieve a common goal.”

The Social Dance Club program has been raising funds during Christmas for families in need for over 10 years, but this is the first year that they have joined with the community to create a program that helps over 24 members of Caribou Country who are battling cancer. SDC (social dance club) consists of 91 members who all dance to 4 different choreographed numbers by Andrea Holyoak. The members come from 6 different schools including: Marsh Valley, Preston, North Gem, Soda, Bear Lake, and Grace. Over the years that the SDC program has been alive, over $90,000 has been earned for families in need over the past 10 years.  “It’s pretty amazing that the members of our community are willing to give their time and talents to help families in need, when they could be thinking of their own needs, especially at Christmas.” Andrea Holyoak remarks.

The result of the program ended up earning $58,000 dollars for the 24 families with cancer. The SDC  and the community came together to give these families a Christmas gift they will never forget. Congratulations to the Grace community, for reminding us all of the Christmas spirit that can come from generous hearts.

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Brinklee Holyoak, Author

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