GUEST POST by Gail Toth
On September 20, 2015 at the Washington D.C. National Mall CureFest 2015 will take place. CureFest is an annual festival that helps bring awareness to the insidious disease Childhood Cancer. It’s mission is to make childhood cancer research a national priority by uniting the cancer community, the general public and government officials as one voice against childhood cancer.
Sadly, Childhood Cancer receives only 4% of the National Cancer Research budget. To date less than 10 new cancer drugs for children have been found compared to hundreds for adults.
The Ravel Dance Studio of Reston, Virginia has the distinct privileged of having been asked to spearhead a Flash mob dance that will take place on Sunday September 20, 2015 on the Mall across from the Capital building. The flash mob dance was videotaped by the award winning videographer, Mike Gillette. This demonstration and learning video is posted on the CureFest 2015 website for all to learn and perform at the event. Along with other performances the festival will host a walk. Registration for the walk can be found on the website.
Reston’s Ravel Dance Company will also be performing a poignant dance called “Alice” which speaks to the feeling of being lost and isolated. As artists, the Ravel Dance Company can think of no better way to put their skills and love of dance to use than to help inspire others in the fight against childhood cancer.
3rd Annual CureFest For Childhood Cancer
Sunday, September 20, 2015
National Mall -7th St. NW & Madison Dr. NW (near the Capitol)
10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Festival is free on Sunday. $20 fee for those participating in the Walk.
Rally at the Capitol
Saturday, September 19, 2015
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, followed by a Welcome Event at the JW Marriott, 4:00-7:00 PM ($35 fee for the dinner), followed by a candlelight vigil at the White House, 7:30-9:00 PM (free).