The Arkansas Chapter of the Children’s Tumor Foundation will be hosting, for the first time ever in 13 years, its annual “Dancing with Our Stars” gala virtually on Thursday, September 10. 

 

Local Arkansas community leaders and celebrities have teamed up with dance instructors to compete for the coveted mirror ball trophy. The gala will raise money and awareness for neurofibromatosis research. 

 

This year’s Arkansas stars are:

 

  • Shane Broadway, vice president for university relations of the Arkansas State University system
  • Elicia Dover, KATV news anchor
  • Christina Lecuyer, confidence and success coach and former professional golfer
  • Anne Imanuel Preston, TV news anchor
  • Dr. Greg Sharp, Chief Medical Officer at Arkansas Children’s Hospital

 

Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body and can lead to many disabilities. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first-ever treatment on April 13, 2020, Koselugo (selumetinib), for neurofibromatosis type 1 patients with inoperable plexiform neurofibromas, there is no cure at this time for NF.

 

“Dancing with Our Stars sells out the ballroom year after year, and we’re excited that this year, there is no limit to how many people can be involved,” said Children’s Tumor Foundation Arkansas Chapter President Lesley Oslica in a statement. “This year’s virtual event will maintain the central parts of the ballroom that support our mission that everyone is familiar with, like our silent auction, donations to vote, and moving NF patient stories, but we’re excited about the new elements, like new sponsor opportunities and Watch Parties that will take place all over the state – and possibly the country!”

 

Furthermore, the NF community is invited to attend the event. Each star is paired with an NF ambassador who gets to meet the star and cheer them on the night of the event. 

 

According to Arkansas Chapter’s recent Facebook post, 64 percent of the gala proceeds go to research, 20 percent goes to public education and patient support, nine percent to management and seven percent to fundraising. 

 

Since its inception, the Arkansas Chapter has raised over $2 million for NF research through its “Dancing With Our Stars” gala and other events.

 

For more information or to purchase a virtual ticket or sponsorship, visit ctf.org/dwos2020.

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