Avery Lubrecht was a little 4 year old girl who loved to dance on Saturday mornings. She was a very vibrant, curly haired girl with dimples.
In April 2008, she was diagnosed with medulla blastoma, a rare form of brain cancer. She was operated on and treated at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and had a very positive outlook on her journey ahead to beat cancer. Throughout her treatments, she and her family gave 110% to conquer her illness. In August, everyone who knew her or knew of her story was devastated to hear that her tumor had grown and that treatment would no longer help her. Avery passed away on the morning of August 8th, 2008.
We all miss Avery and her beautiful smile very much. Her illness amazingly brought our town together to help in any way they could. At the beginning of her fight, her family and friends set up a website and a foundation in her honor. Her mother, Stacy, wrote daily on Avery's site and shared every step and emotion of her journey. Stacy is an incredible writer and it was a privilege and honor to be able to share in Avery's journey. You can follow Avery's foundation, The Dance to Inspire Foundation, on facebook or at their website for up to date information.
We want to honor a little girl who always asked when Saturday was. Although she was only with us for a short time, she was very much a part of our dance family and Standing Ovation was one of her favorite places to be. We celebrate her life every year with a huge carnival. All of the proceeds from the carnival go to The Dance to Inspire Foundation. The foundation donates to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, local families and other charities.
Thank you again to all of our volunteers and sponsors. We would not be able to put on such an amazing event every year without your help!