Who is Cierra McCauley?

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

What is #DancerBeatingCancer?

#DancerBeatingCancer is the perfect way for Cierra to use her passion for dance to raise money and awareness for Pediatric Research and Patient Care at Riley Hospital for Children. Cierra beat cancer with the help of Riley and wants to give back in the best way she knows. ANYONE can join the #DancerBeatingCancer with four easy steps:

  1. Post a challenge video on social media using #DancerBeatingCancer
  2. Challenge others and tag them
  3. Donate to pediatric research at Riley Hospital for Children
  4. Do it all again if you want!

How can I donate to the cause?

It’s really easy! Head over to this page on the Riley Children’s Foundation website to help raise money for Pediatric Research and Patient Care.

How can pediatric research change the future of pediatric medicine?

Your gift to “Dancer Beating Cancer” supports pediatric research being conducted at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, one of the nation’s leading pediatric research hospitals. Research dollars are the key to improvements in children’s health. 80% of pediatric research breakthroughs are generated at around a dozen institutions across the nation, and Riley Hospital for Children is one of them. Every dollar invested in Riley research leads to $12 in federal grant support, speeding up the search for cures.