The Andréa Rizzo Foundation - July Newsletter
Coming Up!! Our 17th Annual Cliff Walk Birthday Picnic Celebration
Honoring what would have been Andréa's 41st Birthday.
We look forward to seeing our supporters on:
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Salve Regina University, Newport, RI
On the Cliff Walk, overlooking Narragansett Bay 
(Under the tree at McCauley Hall)

This event is our way of saying thank you to those who have supported us over these last 16 years.

July 28 marks National Dance Day 2018 ! We've got our dancing shoes on with several of our #DreasDream Dance Movement Therapists kicking off #nationaldanceday2018 with the #dancemademedoit Challenge using Mandy Moore's choreography! WATCH us challenge Carrie Ann Inaba and Misty Copeland.  Are you up for the #dancemademedoit Challenge??  
Dréa’s Dream Team: July Spotlight on Hospital and School Staff Members
We work closely with the staff of many schools and hospitals so that Dréa's Dream dances smoothly for their children with cancer and special needs. Without the support of the staff members and administrators who spend hours of their time communicating the needs of the children to us so that we can better serve them, we would not be able to do the work we do. These wonderful folks are grateful for our donations (made possible by YOU) and they are happy to have Dréa's Dream as part of the programming they offer their children!
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC
Connecticut Children's Medical Center, CT
Hasbro Children's Hospital, RI
Cardinal Glennon Health Children's Hospital, MO
Children's Hospital Los Angeles, CA
Levine Children's Hospital, NC
Ronald McDonald House, NYC
John Street School, Franklin Square, NY
Santee School District, CA
Memorial Elementary School, East Hampton, CT
Herman Lehman School, NYC
Dance Across America Events

Summer gives us a moment to take a breath and take in the beauty of the Dancing Across America year. Please take a moment to see all of the dance studios across the country who have joined our cause. Each studio raised funds to keep dancing alive in hospitals, schools, and facilities so that children could benefit from this special gift. We are honored and grateful to be a part of these dance schools' lives.

2017 - 2018 Dance Across America Participants
Corliss Whitney’s Seasoned Steppers of Ms. NY Sr. America
Not Just Dance, LLC, Clermont, FL
Arts in Motion, Matawan, NJ
SRU Dance, Salve Regina University, Newport, RI
Miller Street Dance Academy, Charlotte, NC
Gladdings School of Dance, Newport, RI
Rosemary School of Dance Education, Warren, RI
Dance Expressions, Newport, RI
Talent on Parade, Haysville, KS
Tracie Stanfield’s Synthesis Dance Project, NYC
Turn it up Dance Challenge, Boston, MA
Astoria Dance Centre, Astoria, NY
Higher Ground Dance Co., Purdue University, IN
Southern Dance Connection, Greer, SC
North Shore Dance Academy, Danvers, MA
Connecticut Dance School, Fairfield, CT
The Wilton Dance Studio, Wilton, CT
Pazazz Performers, St. Louis Academy of Dance, MO
Dance Expressions Competition, North Wales, PA
Kinetic Synergy, Weymouth, MA
Coexistence Dance, Philadelphia, PA
Integral Ballet, North Babylon, NY
The Ridgefield School of Dance, Ridgefield, CT
Off the Curb, Newport, RI
Dance With Miss Lindsay, Palm Springs, CA
Pirouette Dance Academy, Fall River, MA
Spotlight Dance Studio, East Taunton, MA
Duval Dance and Music Academy, Scituate, MA
Rachel White Ballet
Antonia Arts, Peekskill, NY
Washington State High School Dance Teams
Lake Washington High School, WA
The Dance Complex, Cambridge, MA
Impressions Dance Studio, Levittown, New York
Expressions Dance & Movement Center, Santee, CA
Issaquah Dance Theatre, Issaquah, Washington
Blind Brook High School Dance Team, Rye Brook, NY
A Time to Dance, Surprise, AZ
On the Barre Dance Studio, Norton, MA
Kids for Kids, Dancing for Life, North Haven, CT
American Dance Experience, Hamden CT.
Dance Camp with Danielle Hernandez, Robbinsville, NJ
Revolution Performing Arts, Raynham, MA
Orange Ave School, Milford, CT - Ella Franzman
Jackson HS Dance Team, WA
Herbert T. Richardson School, Pert Amboy, NJ
Shore Stars Dance Academy, Wall Township, NJ
Movements in Motion, Havertown, PA
Dance Express, Easton, MA
Live, Love Dance Studio, Carver, MA
In Sync Center for the Arts, Quincy, MA
Kalia Karr Dance Studio, Lakeville, MA
St. Rita’s School, Hamden, CT
Eastlake HS, WA
Edmonds Woodway HS, WA
Capital HS, Jackson, WA
Redmond HS, Interlake, WA
Highline HS, Hazen, WA
Auburn Riverside HS, WA
Bellevue HS, WA
Montesano HS, WA 
Newport HS, WA
Imagine Dance Project, Cottleville, MO
Stay tuned for more Dance Across America events when our season kicks back up in the Fall.
You can raise funds for the Andréa Rizzo Foundation while online shopping at

Simply sign into your Amazon account at  s  and click "Your Account" in the top right side of the toolbar, then click "Change Your Charity" in the scroll-down column.

When prompted to select a charity, type The Andréa Rizzo Foundation and do all of your shopping for a good cause! (you only need to type in your choice of charity the first time you set this up). Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible A mazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.
This month, we want to feature a patient who has been a special person in our lives. 
A story about a patient.
The most rewarding experiences are those that allow us to form a strong bond with patients and their families. Fifteen years ago, we met Jonathan Walker, a young patient being treated for neuroblastoma at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He participated in Dréa's Dream and his family continually expressed their gratitude for our program and its benefits for Jonathan. As soon as Jonathan was well enough, they began attending our Cliff Walk Celebration in Newport, RI and continue to do so to this day. We've had the humbling experience of watching Jonathan courageously battle all of the challenges that he's faced - sometimes attending our walk-a-thon on crutches or in a wheelchair. Here in this picture below, you can see him dancing with one of our dance/movement therapists, Suzi Tortora, at MSKCC. 

We learned of the long stays in various hospitals for the many medical conditions that he endured and always kept him in our prayers. When he attended one of our most recent "Cliff Walk Celebrations" we could see that our prayers were answered. Jonathan spoke with us at length about his college days and his aspirations for the future. Jonathan Walker is not only a survivor - but he is a warrior who has not let cancer keep him down. Here are some photos of Jonathan at our Cliff Walk event throughout the years - and we hope to see him this year again!
Jonathan Walker, college student, attending a recent Cliff Walk Birthday Celebration in Newport, RI. 
Talent on Parade  has become a loyal sponsor, helping us get Dance Across America up and running for the past two years. They are an official sponsor of the Dance Across America campaign in support of Dréa's Dream nationwide. 
We thank the  Rhee Gold Company  for continuing to support our efforts and spreading the word of Dréa's Dream in their  Dance Studio Life  magazine and through  DSL Dance Wire   news on-line.
The Moret Group  has provided prizes for our Dance Across America pledge-raising competition each year. We are so grateful to John Debease at The Moret Group for arranging the donation of fabulous activewear for our top pledge raisers.
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