Because of her contribution to line
dance, most of you know Jo Thompson Szymanski and that she is now recovering
from a serious medical condition. If you would like to know more about Jo
and her life, this is a link to her
video taken at the Windy City event in the fall of 2010, Jo explains her treatment and asks... "just leave a light on for me".
Jo is now recovering.
In this recent
Jo gives an update on her progress and suggests three ways you can help:
making a contribution to the
For The Dream Fund
Line Dance Foundation
you are healthy, consider donating blood and platelets on a regular
Consider becoming a member of the
National Marrow Donor Registry.
For more info or to register:
Here are a couple of links from the
newspaper and the
station in Jo's hometown of Lufkin, TX. You can follow Jo's progress on her
A little more information on the three organizations mentioned in Jo's
recent video and how you can help is available below:
Dancing For the
Dream. Inc., is a 501c3 non-profit corporation
founded in 2003 by Ms Scooter Lee and Jo Thompson to raise awareness on health
issues that plague aging adults and how they can cope or reduce these obstacles
using lifestyle change and low impact line dancing.
Checks should be made out to: Dancing For The Dream Fund. In the
"Memo/For" line on the bottom of the check please put "Jo Thompson
Szymanski". This is a "tax deductible" donation.
Dancing For The Dream Fund
Atlanta, GA 31141
Toll Free USA / Canada
If you would like to use your credit card, you can call 1-800-531-4379
to donate and that donation will be put into the Dancing
For The Dream Fund Account for Jo.
Funds left in this
account after Jo's treatment will be donated to Aplastic Anemia and MDS International
Foundation and possibly other charities to be determined
Line Dance Foundation
is a charity originally launched by the lady of Line Dance, Betty Drummond,
at The Crystal Boots Awards in 2007. The aim is to raise and distribute
funds to provide practical and financial assistance to any person who has
earned their living or a significant part of it through the development of
line dance, and for whatever reason are no longer able to do whether
temporary or permanently.
National Marrow Donor Program®
(NMDP) and the Be The Match Foundation® are nonprofit organizations
dedicated to creating an opportunity for all patients to receive the bone
marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant they need, when they need it.
Much more information is available on the
Linedancer Magazine website.