DANCING TO HELP FIGHT CHILDHOOD CANCER
To create a movement that supports the community we live in through dance.
The Movement Project was inspired by a local Eugene family, whose son was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive pediatric brain cancer called ATRT (atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor). Currently, ATRT has a 10% survival rate when diagnosed under the age of 3, which unfortunately is the majority of the cases. Those that do survive are left with lasting damage from the tumor itself as well as the harsh treatments used.
We would like to change that.
The Movement Project is a nonprofit that hosts an annual dance show in Springfield, Oregon that brings together many local Springfield/Eugene dance groups as well as special guests groups from along the West Coast for the purpose of fighting this horrible disease. All of the proceeds from our show are donated to ATRT research in hopes of finding better treatment options and ultimately a cure for ATRT.
Learn More About Ari Halderman
Less than one year into parenthood, Colby and Jenny Halderman noticed that their once babbling, peek-a-boo playing, book and music loving son Ari was having difficulties doing the things he loved. It was not long after that they found out their son had a tumor in his precious nine-month-old brain. Not only that, but it was a very rare and aggressive brain cancer called atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor (ATRT).
With less than a 15% cure rate for children under three, ATRT only makes up 1 to 2 percent of all childhood brain tumors and thus is difficult to study. Ari and the Halderman’s were faced with an unwanted detour that involved countless surgeries, chemotherapy, endless trips to Portland’s OHSU, ceaseless prayers and hope beyond all doubts.
The Lion Fights
The Hebrew-derived word for Ari is “lion”. In English, the word can mean, “A brave and strong person.” The Lion Fights has become the mantra for the Halderman’s and the community that supports them.
It has been more than two years since the initial diagnosis and with great joy, we are excited to share that Ari is continuing to receive clean MRI’s with NO EVIDENCE OF DISEASE. While the journey is far from over, the Halderman’s prayer is that little Ari’s story would change and inspire you. They also ask you join them in helping fight this terrible disease.
You can read more about their journey on their blog The Lion Fights