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.