Meet Emma Salisbury, a vivacious, talented dancer and student at Panorama School of Dance. Her talent is undeniable and her determination is uncanny. Emma’s dreams of becoming a professional dancer led her to Toronto to the National Ballet of Canada where she studied on scholarship for one year. This coming year she had planned to attend the Arts Umbrella to continue her professional dance training. However, Lupus struck and sent her into life threatening kidney failure.

Emma underwent chemotherapy to suppress her lupus symptoms, she remained positive through the process. Sadly after her first treatment, Emma suffered from a stroke causing paralysis on her left side. This threw Emma into unfamiliar territory as she was unable to walk, taking away her passion to dance. Emma spent weeks in ICU receiving treatment and is currently under analysis in an out-patient rehab therapy program, with treatments costing $4,000.

Ultimately therapists are working to regain movement in her left side with the hope that Emma will soon grace the stage with her presence.

Here is where you come in. Clare Materi, PSOD Fleetwood mom of long time dancer, Rowan, will be holding a fundraiser for Emma Salisbury at her fitness studio, Live2Play, in Cloverdale on Sunday, Nov. 15th.

Clare will be running four, 30 minute ‘jumping sessions’. Jumping is done on a personal size trampoline and is a low impact choreographed routine to upbeat music. For those who may be hesitant, the jumping classes will be at an introductory level and a lot of fun! The first session will begin at 11:00 and the last will begin at 12:30pm. Cost is $10. We are hoping to get support from the studio, and would love to see you all in attendance. Please feel free to encourage your friends and family to join as well. The more, the merrier.

Live2Play is located at #200 5858 176St. Please call Clare at 778-838-8349 to reserve your spot. Don’t hesitate, space is limited! For those who are unable to attend this event but are interested in supporting Emma in some form, you may visit her GoFund Me page and donate whatever you can towards helping with her treatments. Everything counts.

Lets help support Emma work back to her dream.

GoFund Me Page