• August 2017
After hearing his wife Ena diagnosed with the debilitating Motor Neurone disease, Graham has had close most of his classes down in order to care for her along with her 92 year old father.
We were told that apart from the financial implications Graham “breathes line dancing” so it will be had for him to give up such a big part of his life.
Graham said, “When you are told that the one you love has been diagnosed with MND it feel the whole world is crumbling around you.
"So when receiving this unexpected grant our hearts rejoiced. Thank you so much, it will make a big difference.”
• July 2017
In January this year Chris began to suffer from what he now knows is vertigo. Amongst other symptoms this greatly affected his balance and made it impossible for him to dance and instruct his classes. The LDF foundation was able to help relieve some of the stress with a grant.
Chris wrote “Thank you so much for the grant, it means more to me than anything right now. Just to know that you are being thought of by friends and others in the dance community is just amazing.”
• July 2017
Maralyn Vanderpol - July 17
I am 68 years old and have been a passionate line dancer and dance instructor for the past 20 years. Now, due to unforeseen circumstances, this is now impossible.
Earlier this year, I suffered a spinal stroke as a result of complications with a medical procedure, which has left me as a paraplegic, wheelchair bound and now dependent on others for my care. At present I am residing in a nursing home for the assistance I need – I am unable to return to my home or live the independent life I once had.
It has been a very traumatic and challenging time while I work my way through my losses and come to terms with my disability.
I would like to thank the Line Dance Foundation for their kind donation, for which I am very grateful. This support is very much appreciated and will assist funding equipment that I now require. Thank you
• June 2017
Following some spells of double vision Lesley underwent some test and was told that she had had a bleed in her brain. She was told not to dance which considerable effected her work and income as she is a full time dance instructor.
The prognoses looks good and Lesley said, “Thank you so much. Line dance is my full time job and no work means no pay. The LDF grant has meant I don’t have to rush straight back. I can make sure I am fully recoverd.”
• April 2017
The LDF heard that Anne & Brian were currently having quite a tough time, as Brian was suffering from Vascular Dementia. As one of the original six couples to have been trained by the D&G, they are both responsible for so many people dancing and so many developments in our industry.
The LDF where able to offer some help at just the right time.
Anne told us, “I was just in awe at how kind an organisation could be. We recently had to have a no-step walk in shower fitted to assist with Brian’s care. The grant came at just the right time. Thank you so much”.
• February 2017
Being a competitive Line dancer and embarking on a Dance Degree, losing the feeling in your legs is the last thing you want to happen. After years of tests and operations Catrina’s condition was eventually diagnosed as Cauda Equina, a degenerative disease which she was told would eventually paralyse her. The LDF was able to help Catrina raise funds to have a very specialist operation in the USA to repair a of the dura of her spinal cord.
Catrina told us “I cannot thank you enough for the donation towards my medical treatment. The Line dance community has been incredible. Our dance community has provided so much support and love, so I have never felt alone. I hope to dance again, even if it is in a wheelchair. I was overwhelmed by the help you gave me. Thank you."
• February 2016
"In May 2016 I sustained serious burns to my face, upper body and arms. After 20 days in the burns unit and various skin grafts I faced a very difficult year. I have to wear a compression shirt under my clothing to help with the scaring, but the worst part is trying to stretch the skin to get mobility back for my arms. It's agony. The donation will be a big help with the costs of the compression garments because I need quality, fitted garments to help with the healing. Slowly, slowly….I’ll get there.
"I just wanted to thank the LDF so much from the bottom of my heart, for the very thoughtful and gracious gesture."
• November 2016
Glynn has a very rare condition that affects the bones throughout his body including his eyes and hearing. He has already lost one eye which has been replaced with a prosthetic eye and is in danger of losing sight in the other eye too. This is what Glynn wrote after he received a donation from the LDF.
“I just got my post and I can't believe what's arrived from the LDF. Thank you ever so much, I can't believe someone has done that for me. I cried when I got the letter and cheque. You have made it possible for me to buy a voice activated computer system so that I don’t have to struggle with dance sheets and dance news any more.
"Today I am so so happy. I can't thank the LDF enough."
While working in Spain, Dave Blake collapsed on stage. He had three aneurisms and was in a coma for 22 days. When he regained consciousness he could not speak and had lost his memory. Things took a turn for the worse when he contracted Meningitis and became gravely ill.
His only form of income was from his dance classes which he was unable to hold but he still had all his outgoing and four dogs to feed and care for. Dave is making a slow but remarkable recover and has even started dancing again.
He says “I will be eternally grateful to the LDF who helped me through a traumatic and life threatening time. Their kindness will never be forgotten.”
• November 2016
Arline is a well-know and much loved 81 year old dance instructor in Florida. Sadly she became very seriously ill lin 2016. She was in hospital for quite some time and very worried about her large hospital bills. The LDF was able to help her.
This is what Arline wrote: “I thank you a million times for the donation you made when I was sick - it was a wonderful surprise and very much appreciated. I will never forget your kindness. My goal now is to be the “oldest” line dance teacher in Florida”.
• April 2016
Jackie had been teaching two classes for more than six years when suddenly she was stuck down with a bleed on the brain. She was very ill and her road to recovery is slow but this is what Jackie told us, “The grant I received from LDF, really did help with travelling to hospital and even my GP, although the GP was a 10 minute walk away, I had to get taxis as I couldn’t walk or stand for than more than a few minutes. It also helped paying bills when I first came home from hospital, I was in for three weeks.
"The donation helped me so much. I am so grateful to the LDF and all the people who support it.”
• Passed away in July 2016
Deshemona was a popular line dance instructor and choreographer from Indonesia. Sadly in 2016 she lost her battle against ovarian cancer. Towards the end the cancer spread to her shoulders and spine resulting in compression of the spine making her immobile from the waist down.
Although on morphine she kept herself alert by line dancing in her mind and even choreographed a new dance shortly before she died.
The LDF donation helped pay for personal items that she needed disposables, catheters, incontinence pads, personal care as there was no health benefits or government assistant. It also helped towards her telephone bills so that she could keep in contact with all her dancing friends through the internet Desdemona recorded a video message before she died to thank the LDF but we feel it is to upsetting to share. She and her family wanted to say a heartfelt “thank you” to the LDF. RIP Deshimona.
• January 2017
Sue Hall went from teaching 15 line dance classes a week to being totally bedridden for 18 months. After three years of suffering a very painful and debilitating disease she was eventually diagnosed with Lyme disease.
Sue says," I want to express my sincere and deep gratitude to the LDF for the kind donation. It will go towards helping with my rehabilitation and training. It is such a relief not to worry about lack of funds.
"I hope one day to be able to be back dancing so I can help to give back."
• February 2017
We believe this is the last email Jan every wrote she passed away on 5th March 2017.
“I have just had my day made ..... at 8pm on Thursday night.
"I spent yesterday in hospital and most of today in bed.... just ventured down to my computer to find this email from you and the transfer from the Foundation. What an absolutely incredible thing this is..... and I am most appreciative.
"Life is a bit tough when things go wrong and with the cost of medication to me at 150 dollars a day it will soon be more expedient to die than to try to keep on living.. lol. So, as you can see this gift from the LDF is an amazing thing and Annie and I thank you very much.
"We should get the Foundation paperwork done asap because quite honestly, I don't know how much longer I will be here for, they said weeks rather than days, so that is better than days rather than hours I guess..... it is hard to keep on feeling positive when you can't breath.... but I am still trying.....I am sending you a warm hug and thanks to the LDF for making me feel a bit better.
Cheers n all ... Jan xxx
• January 2017
Dance instructor and choreographer based in UK. Julie is currently under treatment for Hodgkins Disease - Cancer of the Lymphatic system and is now too unwell to run her classes.
She says, “My general health is rubbish anyway, I have Asthma, Autoimmune Epititis and in remission from Sarcoidosis of Lungs but the worst thing for me is watching Colin (my husband) and my two children worrying and sometimes looking sad, but we are all optimistic. I'm determined to get back on that stage to my classes ASAP but possibly not quite as soon as I thought.
"I would like to thank the LDF for this support, it has meant so much to me and one day I hope I can help raise funds to help others in the future”.
• December 2015
Heather was diagnosed with breast cancer and began her journey of various treatments. Heather said she had always encouraged her dancers to support LDF but little did she know that one day she would be relying on the LDF herself .
She said, “The donation took aways some of the stress and worry regarding finances and it allowed my to concentrate on getting better.
"I am so very grateful."
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