My memories already are full – of the little Israeli girl who took me on a journey to the sun, the sky and the flowers through our dance, despite the language barrier. And- the 2 ½ year old who stood up on her bed and jumped and twirled and swayed with me, stepping and leaping over the tubes she was attached to sustaining our dancing journey for 20 minutes.
Then there was the eight year old who adjusted her dancing style to each change of music, portraying a Spanish dancer, a tango partner and a peppy teenager, culminating her dance in a soft, warm embrace to herself – seeming to say in her silent gestures, that everything will be okay. She had just lost her leg to cancer the week before.
Lastly, there was the teen, studying to be a professional dancer, who stood up and performed a dancer’s warm up with me and quietly allowed her tears to softly roll down her cheeks as her body remembered those moves that she hasn’t felt in 18 months. As my work begins here at MSKCC, it is I that must thank all of you.
Now, over eleven years later, the Dréa’s Dream Dance/Movement Therapy program at MSKCC is a thriving 30-hour a week program that continues to inspire every aspect of my being – from the families who come from around the world to receive our care, to the incredibly talented and compassionate medical team. I feel grateful each day to have been given this opportunity to build Dréa’s Dream.