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Last year, dance saved my life. It gave me an outlet from the intense pain caused by CRPS and gave me a reason to be free.

I am starting an organization to create dance programs for others suffering from similar conditions modeled after ballet for Parkinson's Disease patients like the one at the English National Ballet.

The intial funds are gifts rather than deductible donations because they are going to go to cover the expenses for creating a not for profit corporation in Illinois and applying for tax exempt status. 

You can read the story of how ballet saved my life on and what makes the classes different on

These contributions are also going to help me develop the classes by partnering with other organizations and professionals in dance, movement therapy and pain medicine. They will allow me to pay contributors and conduct research into dance pedagogy and adaptive dance programs so that I can bring the hope and joy that dance brings me to other sufferers of pain disorders.


Mary Fran Wiley
Chicago, IL

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