couple from Lyon train dancers for the benefit of childhood cancer | News

A County Lyon couple will appear next month as dance teachers at an event to benefit children with cancer. Cash and Terrie White will partner two of the 12 fundraising dancers at the second annual Dancing for Gold on March 12 at the Paducah Convention Center.

Doors open at 5 p.m.

Terrie White will dance with WPSD Local 6 weatherman Noah Bergren, and Cash White will dance with Kim Robinson, who was Ms. Kentucky in 2021. Robinson operates two Snap Fitness centers in Marshall County.

Bergren, who hosted the first Dancing for Gold event last year, said shortly after that he wanted to be a dancer this year. The first event more than reached its goal of $100,000, which is also this year’s goal. The dancers have already raised $91,273 and only three tables in the front row remain unsold.

“We’ve all been touched by cancer in one way or another, and childhood cancer is something that really troubles me,” Cash White said. “It’s something I can do…by donating my time to help this cause.”

White people are well known in western Kentucky as ballroom dancing teachers. Both have used their skills over the years to raise money for cancer research, each having lost a relative to cancer.

“Cash and I have been involved in these types of events since 2008,” said Terrie White. “I have always loved dancing and I loved teaching dance. I can’t think of a better way to raise money for worthy charities in our area.

“We have met many wonderful people over the past 14 or 15 years by volunteering our time to these organizations. We were instructors for several years for Dancing with Our Stars, and later I trained my daughter and her partners for two years, while dancing and training a partner for Star Ball which benefited two different organizations in Paducah . Dancing for Gold benefits Book for Hope, which provides much-needed financial assistance to families of children battling cancer.

The other dancers this year are: Grace Travis, Rae Ann Veazey, Kaci Medley, Shauna Jones, Misty Reynolds, Teresa Lindsey Travis, Susan Windhorst, Earl Davis, Jesse Byrd and Angie Woods.

Ashley and Pam Thurman are Dancing for Gold’s dance directors again this year, and Book for Hope Inc. is its host charity.

Book for Hope Inc., a 501c3, is a childhood cancer organization whose board of directors, officers and dancers are unpaid. It serves families of children battling cancer in western Kentucky and southern Illinois.

Upon receiving a request from a Pediatric Oncology Social Worker for a family in need of assistance, Book for Hope provides that family with an emergency envelope containing a preloaded $150 Visa card, a $50 and a $50 restaurant card. The following month, the family can submit a bill for payment of house rent, car insurance, car payment, utility bills, and any other expenses besides medical bills. The association will continue monthly assistance to the family as long as the child is undergoing cancer treatment. Book for Hope also donates 32% of its annual budget to childhood cancer research.

Gaylon Hayden of Paducah founded the charity Book for Hope after surviving a six-year battle with breast cancer which she was diagnosed with in 2007.

In 2013, she wrote the children’s book, ‘It’s Christmas Again’, the title meaning she got to experience another Christmas. Because she was not interested in profiting from the book, she and her lawyer decided to turn it into a charity to benefit children with cancer. Dancing for Gold has become one of two fundraising events the charity holds each year. To donate, go online and search for Book for Hope/Dancing for Gold.

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