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It Takes a Dancing Village to Heal DJ Dorian

$26,228 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 308 people in 1 month
Created April 14, 2019
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Tracy Holland
Dear fellow dancer and friend, both old and new - You might be one of the lucky individuals who have had the opportunity to either dance with Dorian or witness his passion behind the DJ booth as he shares his love of Latin music with the community.  

You might also have noticed that Dorian has been absent from the dancing and DJ scene for a little while... It started with some back pain that was initially treated as muscle injury, but then evolved into rapid weight loss and bruising - a trip to the doctor to investigate the problem led to a devastating diagnosis of aggressive stage 3 Multiple Myeloma, a cancer in the bone marrow. 90% of his bone marrow already destroyed by the cancer.   He is currently receiving chemotherapy and is expected to undergo a bone marrow transplant at Duke University in the next 3 to 4 months.  

Needless to say, this life-changing diagnosis impacts not only Dorian, but his entire family, including his wife Tracy,  their daughter Athena (7), their twin sons Tiago and Uriah (4), and Dorian's sons Brandon (13) and Anthony (22). 

This campaign aims to help Dorian and his family financially so they can focus on getting Dorian back to health.  Dorian is fighting for his life, and every little bit helps to ease his concerns regarding his ability to provide for his family at this time. The money will be used in the following ways:

1.  Pay for 2 years of high insurance deductibles
2.  Relocation to North Carolina during the bone marrow transplant treatment, which often lasts several months
3.  Replacement of lost income, since Dorian will not be able to work at all during the time and Tracy will be limited in her capacity to tend to the Mambo Room, the dance studio they own and love.

More about Dorian and the Mambo Room -

Dorian grew up in a very small town in the mountains of Guatemala with his parents and five siblings. At the young age of 18, he made his way to the United States to find work and help provide for his family back in his country. He came here with nothing more than the clothes on his back, love in his heart, and the desire to make life better for his family back home. Not speaking the language, Dorian faced many obstacles, but he knew he could succeed and so he started working jobs in hotels and restaurants.  The satisfaction of sending funds home motivated him to keep going. Over time, he learned English, increased his job skills and started a family. In the midst of all that, like so many of us, he fell in love with salsa dancing.

Next to his family, salsa became his strongest passion and despite the limited options for salsa in Hampton Roads, he took classes and danced every opportunity that he could.  He became intertwined in a small group of friends who all shared his passion and thus the idea of the Mambo Room was born. The small group of friends multiplied and before they knew it, they had over 80-100 people coming  to learn salsa and dancing together every week and the Mambo Room. That small group of friends grew into an awesome dance community in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

As an owner of the Mambo Room, Dorian felt compelled to make his studio THE happy place for friends who love to dance and an opportunity for them to not only better their dancing, but also their lives. He travelled to DC, New York, North Carolina and Philly to take classes absorbing as much salsa and bachata as he possibly could. He also learned how to be a DJ from Steve Green in Richmond and how to run dance teams from Darlin Garcia in Philly.  It was his passion to share all of his knowledge of dance and music with his Hampton Roads community through the Mambo Room.  He knew he had a gift that could help others and change lives. You see, for Dorian salsa is not just a dance or hobby. It is his way of life and he knows that for those who fall in love with it, they experience self growth and life enhancement, and while at the Mambo Room he makes sure they feel community love and support. 

What Dorian and his wife Tracy started eleven years ago with friends was such a small idea for fun. They had no idea it would eventually result in what they have now - an amazing community of loving people who support each other in dance and in life.  As one of the original founders, Dorian is the HEART of the Mambo Room. Starting the Mambo Room opened an amazing world to him and in return, he opens it to others.

But more importantly, he is a husband and dad who needs his family to be supported by his dancing family as he fights to live.
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OVER $10,000 RAISED LAST NIGHT!
I can’t even start to explain the feelings I had last night as I watched 250 people cheering on my husband. Next to the birth of our children, this event is one of the most special nights of my life. I am so grateful to be part of such a loving and compassionate community. You guys raised over $10,000 for Dorian. I don’t know how to thank you enough. There are so many people who put this together and made it happen. I am listing everyone I know, but I know there are others who I may not know helped or I don’t know your name. If I don’t list your name, please know that each of you hold a special place in my family’s heart. Special thanks to Mangu and Norma for putting it all together; to all the restaurants that donated food - Plaza Del Sol, Mayas Restaurant, La Herradura, La Parilla, La Hacienda, La Yaroa, Las Palmas, Rincon Tropical, Jessy’s; to all the DJs - DJ Eramatic, DJ Atrevete, DJ Cesar Climix, DJ Nava, DJ RicoFulatino, DJ Extreme, VDJ Rocky, DJ Mochy, DJ Nene, DJ Tony; to Joey Melendez for handling the sound; to Eric Fernandez for the photos; to Tidewater Hispanic; to all the performers and emcees - the LaSelecta Team, Patricia Avila, Jorge Cortes, Magix, Lajas Starz, Keren Maceira (Keren, my children ADORE you); to Alan Carganilla, Bobby and Paladin Security for making sure we were all safe; to my amazing Mambo Room Staff/Family and volunteers; and to all the volunteers who came from LaSelecta Radio.

The Latest Health Update:
Today I gave Dorian the t-shirt signed by all the DJs and told him about the details of the night. Feeling all the love made him tear up. He is so appreciative for all the support from sooooooo many people. This morning he had his kidney biopsy done. It will take 3-5 days to get the results back. He had three dialysis treatments that helped his kidney levels, but last night they jumped back up so the doctors gave him another treatment today. After we get the results of the biopsy, the doctors will know exactly what to do. In the mean time, they will continue dialysis to remove the toxins from his blood so that can feel good. Today, he actually felt much better. He hasn’t eaten anything in the last five days, but today he ate two popsicles and was able to keep them down, so I consider that a huge win! My goal for tomorrow is for him to eat some real food. He told me today that he can’t wait until he can tolerate food again because he wants chips and salsa from Jessy’s, LOL. Jorge and Victor, I think you will be our first stop when he gets out of the hospital. Much love to everyone! I will continue to provide updates as we get more news.
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MAS DE 10,000 RECAUDADO ANOCHE!
No se como puedo comenzar a explicar los sentimientos que tuve anoche cuando vi a 250 personas animando a mi esposo. Después del nacimiento de nuestros hijos, este evento es una de las noches más especiales de mi vida. Estoy muy agradecida de ser parte de una comunidad tan amorosa y compasiva. Ustedes recaudaron más de $ 10,000 para Dorian. No sé cómo agradecerles lo suficiente. Hay tantas personas unidas que lo hicieron realidad. Estoy nombrando a todos los que conozco, pero sé que hay otras personas a las que quizás no conozca, o que no conozco su nombre. Si no menciono su nombre, tenga en cuenta que cada uno de ustedes ocupa un lugar especial en el corazón de mi familia. Un agradecimiento especial a Dj Mangu y Norma por organizar este evento; a todos los restaurantes que donaron alimentos: Plaza del Sol, Restaurante Mayas, La Herradura, La Parrilla, La Hacienda, La Yaroa, Las Palmas, Rincón Tropical, Jessy´s; a todos los DJs - DJ Eramatic, DJ Atrevete, DJ Cesar Climix, DJ Nava, DJ Rico Fulatino, DJ Extreme, VDJ Rocky, DJ Mochy, DJ Nene, DJ Tony; a Joey Melendez por sonar; a Eric Fernández por las fotos; a Tidewater Hispanic; a todos los artistas intérpretes o ejecutantes: el equipo de LaSelecta, Patricia Avila, Jorge Cortes, Magix, Lajas Starz, Keren Maceira (Keren, mis hijos te adoran); Alan Carganilla, Bobby y Paladin Security por asegurarse de que todos estuviéramos a salvo; a mi increíble personal de Mambo Room, familia y voluntarios; Y a todos los voluntarios que vinieron de LaSelecta Radio.

Ultima Informacion del estado de salud de Dorian:
Hoy le di a Dorian la camiseta firmada por todos los DJ y le conté los detalles de la noche. Sintiendo todo este amor lo hizo llorar. Él está muy agradecido por todo el apoyo de tantas personas. Esta mañana le hicieron la biopsia de riñón. Tardará de 3 a 5 días para obtener los resultados. Tuvo tres tratamientos de diálisis que ayudaron a sus niveles renales, que la noche anterior se recuperaron, por lo que los médicos le dieron otro tratamiento hoy. Después de que obtengamos los resultados de la biopsia, los médicos sabrán exactamente qué hacer. Mientras tanto, continuarán la diálisis para eliminar las toxinas de su sangre para que pueda sentirse bien. Hoy, en realidad se sintió mucho mejor. No ha comido nada en los últimos cinco días. Hoy comió dos paletas de hielo y pudo mantenerlas, !así que considero que es una gran victoria! Mi meta para mañana es que él coma algo de comida real. Me dijo hoy que no puede esperar hasta que pueda tolerar la comida otra vez porque quiere papas fritas y salsa de Jessy, LOL. Jorge y Victor, creo que serán nuestra primera parada cuando salga del hospital. ¡Mucho amor para todos! Seguiré brindando actualizaciones a medida que recibamos más noticias.
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Yesterday David and I went to visit Dorian at the hospital. When we arrived, he was being wheeled down to his third and final dialysis - I knew it was Dorian coming down the hallway right away because I could hear the salsa music playing on his phone, He looked tired but determined, and said he is starting to feel a little better. David and Dorian chatted about soccer and how much they both admire Tracy’s strength. Dorian smiled a lot, and those smiles, combined with the salsa music, warmed my heart. Just wanted to share:)
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Dorian just went in for his second dialysis treatment. Yesterday's treatment was short to see how his body would take it. It went very well, so tonight they are doing a longer and more thorough treatment. He was also given a blood platelet transfusion today to prepare him for a kidney biopsy. They decided to wait on the biopsy because he needed more platelets. The good news is he has not had a fever for a while and his vitals are good, so hopefully this means his infection is gone, but he does still have some fluid around and in his lungs. He was having a hard time breathing but that has improved from yesterday. The doctors say that the dialysis will help to remove the fluid and remove the toxins from his blood. I am hopeful that when he wakes in the morning his terrible nausea will also be gone. The toxins in his blood make him feel horrible. It breaks my heart to watch my husband sick and in pain knowing there is nothing I can do except be by his side. I feel ill as if his symptoms are in my stomach but, I know he is almost past this. Dorian is going to be ok. This is just a rough week. His cancer has responded well to his induction chemo and the myeloma markers are still down. As soon as his kidneys bounce back, we will put him back on his treatment plan and keep pushing it down further until he can get his stem cell bone marrow transplant. We have only begun to win. While this week has felt like hell, it is only a minor set back on our way to recovery and normal life again.

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Dorian acaba de recibir su segundo tratamiento de diálisis. El tratamiento de ayer fue corto para ver cómo su cuerpo reaccionaba. Salió muy bien, así que esta noche están haciendo un tratamiento más completo. También hoy recibió una transfusión de plaquetas en la sangre para prepararlo a una biopsia de riñón. Decidieron esperar la biopsia porque necesitaba más plaquetas. La buena noticia es que no ha tenido fiebre por un tiempo y que sus signos vitales son buenos, así que espero que esto signifique que su infección haya desaparecido, pero todavía tiene algo de líquido alrededor y en los pulmones. Le costaba respirar pero eso ha mejorado desde ayer. Los médicos dicen que la diálisis ayudará a eliminar el líquido y eliminar las toxinas de su sangre. Tengo la esperanza de que cuando se despierte por la mañana, sus terribles náuseas también se hayan ido. Las toxinas en su sangre lo hacen sentir horrible. Me rompe el corazón verlo enfermo y con dolor al saber que no hay nada que pueda hacer excepto estar a su lado. Me siento enferma como si sus síntomas estuvieran en mi estómago, pero sé que ya casi ha superado esto. Dorian va a estar bien. Esto es sólo una semana difícil. Su cáncer ha respondido bien a la quimioterapia de inducción y los marcadores de mieloma aún están bajos. Tan pronto como sus riñones se recuperen, lo pondremos de nuevo en su plan de tratamiento y lo seguiremos presionando hasta que pueda recibir su trasplante de médula ósea de células madre. Apenas hemos empezado a ganar. Si bien esta semana a sido difícil, es solo un pequeño retroceso en nuestro camino hacia la recuperación y a la vida normal nuevamente.
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We are still waiting on Dorian's kidneys to improve. We we're so hopefully for better news this morning, but the numbers did not turn around last night. He feels very sick. Today he will get temporary dialysis to remove the toxins from his blood. This should make him feel much better. Sadly his platelets are down again too. This is a rollercoaster that hopefully stops soon. I'm asking for you to please continue prying and send healing energy.
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Todavía estamos esperando que los riñones de Dorian mejoren. Esperábamos tener mejores noticias esta mañana, pero los números no cambiaron anoche. Se siente muy enfermo. Hoy recibirá diálisis temporal para eliminar las toxinas de su sangre. Esto debería hacer que se sienta mucho mejor. Lamentablemente sus plaquetas están muy bajas nuevamente. Esta es una montaña rusa que esperemos se detenga pronto. Tracy te está pidiendo que continúes orando y enviando energía curativa.
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Raised by 308 people in 1 month
Created April 14, 2019
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