Dancing for the Cure help raises money for American Cancer Society

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - For the third year in Mississippi County, Dancing for the Cure returns to help raise money for the American Cancer Society.

"Dancing for the Cure is the fundraiser for Relay for Life for North Mississippi County," Katie Gurley, event coordinator said. "It's an event where we have members of the community that pair with Blytheville High School's ballroom dancing student, and they work to raise money."

Five groups are dancing during this year's event.

"There are three judges," Gurley said. "Although they don't really win, based on the judges, they win based on how much money they raise for the American Cancer Society."

Laura Fletcher is one of the dancers this year. She and her father fought cancer.

Unfortunately, her father lost his battle, but she is now cancer-free.

"I'm just totally honored to be asked to participate in this," Fletcher said. "In May of 2008, I lost my dad to metastatic kidney cancer, and six months later, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer for the first time. I was diagnosed in 2010 and 2014. It's just an honor to be able to join and share my story to let people know why the American Cancer Society is so important."

Last year's event raised $20,000, and $150,000 was raised for Relay for Life for North Mississippi County.

Gurley said their goal this year is to raise $165,000, but she hopes to at least match last year's total.

Tickets are still available, but they are limited. Tickets cost $50.

This year's event is being held at the Holiday Inn at 1121 E. Main Street in Blytheville.

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