My name is Cierra McCauley. I am an 11-year-old childhood cancer survivor. At the age of 6 I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I am also a competitive dancer at Sonya's Dance Zone in Columbus, Indiana. While going through six months of chemotherapy treatments, I continued to dance and compete. I remember going on stage without any hair and a bow taped to my head. That year I finished fourth at Nationals in my age group.

If it wasn’t for my team of doctors, nurses, researchers, and my support staff, I may not be here to tell my story. While at Riley Hospital for Children I met a lot of good friends. Out of all of my friends I lost four of them to cancer. I did a tribute dance for them last year to tell our story. As a childhood cancer survivor my family and I believe this is a way to talk publicly about childhood cancer.

This is the reason for #DancerBeatingCancer. Please join me in dancing to support Riley Hospital for Children’s pediatric research.

Cierra McCauley

This is the dance that started it all.


“My Mom and Dad
have helped me start
to give back to the
hospital that saved
my life and to honor
my friends that
passed away.”