Cincinnati Ballet hosts the fourth annual “ballerina for a day” event for children affected by pediatric cancer with The Cure Starts Now on Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 1:00 pm –3:00 pm at the Cincinnati Ballet Center. The patients and their families are invited to the ballet for a fun filled day of dancing, crafts, snacks, a special performance and the opportunity to meet professional ballerinas.
Attendees will take a ballet class taught by Principal Dancer Sarah Hairston and watch a preview of The Nutcracker. There will be different stations for the children to visit including a station where they can learn about costumes and create their own tutu, a station to get their make-up done by Sephora make-up artists, a snack station and more. They will also have the chance to have their photo taken with a character from The Nutcracker and other professional dancers.
Cincinnati Ballet has been involved with The Cure Starts Now since Carla and Mike Eng purchased The Nutcracker wish at The Cure Starts Now “Once in a Lifetime” gala. The wish was given to an oncology patient at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. This is the fourth year that Cincinnati Ballet has hosted an event for young oncology patients to become a ballerina for a day.
Started in 2007, The Cure Starts Now Foundation is one of the only cancer foundations dedicated to a home run cure for all cancers. The foundation tributes their efforts to find a cure to the founder’s six year old girl named Elena Desserich from Cincinnati who lost her nine month battle with brain cancer. The Cure Starts Now has been recognized by The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN and many more. Though started in Cincinnati, today The Cure Starts Now is located in 27 chapters worldwide and has funded over $2.6 million in pediatric cancer research. To learn more about the foundation, visit www.thecurestartsnow.org .