BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
BOUNTIFUL - Dancers are tough, but those who battle cancer are even tougher.
The dancers at Creative Arts Academy are honoring all those who have taken up the fight with their upcoming benefit concert, set for Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at Viewmont High School. The event will raise money for Cami Carver, a young girl battling leukemia who recently received a bone marrow transplant. It will also honor Sheri Cole, a former CAA teacher who lost her own battle with cancer in May.
“It’s going to be such a great concert,” said Jana Monson, owner of Creative Arts Academy.
Carver, who is eight years old, is fighting her second battle with cancer. Her first diagnosis came when she was only four. She finished chemotherapy for that in September 2012. This past summer, the cancer returned, requiring a transplant. Thanks to an anonymous donor, Carver received the bone marrow she needed on Oct. 29.
“She’s just barely come home from Primary Children’s, and the family has so many bills,” said Monson.
The performance will feature a slide show of Carver, highlighting the journey she’s taken. The dances themselves have been choreographed with that journey in mind, based around qualities such as strength and endurance.
“Each dance is a gift for Cami, to help her recover,” said Monson. “She has had such an impact on our entire community, and we can think of no better way to celebrate the season than to celebrate the life of this remarkable girl.”
The program will also be in honor of Cole, who taught musical theater at Creative Arts Academy before her death this spring. She also taught at Bountiful High School and Davis High, and worked with the Bountiful Community Theatre (a precursor to CenterPoint Legacy Theatre).
“We are dedicating the evening to her memory and legacy,” said Monson.
In addition to the performance, there will also be a bake sale and silent auction. Among the items donated are a set of toe shoes from Ballet West, and a signed T-shirt from Ririe Woodbury.
“All the dance companies have donated something,” said Monson. “And we have so many donations from people in the community.”
Tickets are $5 each, and all proceeds from the performance, the bake sale and auction will go directly to the Carver family. For more information, visit creativeartsacademy.net.