In February 2015, an Australian blogging friend and colleague, Katey (Play to Talk), received the life changing news that her beautiful 18 month old boy, Finlay, had Stage 4 Hepatoblastoma (and they are not alone. Each day four families discover that their child has cancer and three children die from cancer each week).
Since this day, Finlay has been courageously fighting this terrible cancer, with his amazing family constantly by his side. After months of chemotherapy, Finlay underwent surgery today to remove the tumour from his liver and surrounding organs, having flown across the country from his home to Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney. But, they still have a long road ahead of them.
Once we saw the #justkeepdancing movement started by Ellen Degeneres, our team of Aussie mummy/play bloggers just knew we had to get behind the awareness campaign by dancing for Finlay and making a donation to the Friends of Finlay Fund: a fund set up for Finlay, his family and for ongoing cancer research. We’d love you to do the same and challenge your own family and friends to take part by uploading a video of you and your kids dancing and by making a donation to The Kids’ Cancer Project.
Here are my kids and their cousin, Cha Chi, dancing for Finlay.
10 Picture Books about Dance
And for more inspiration, we thought we’d compile our favourite books about dance.
The links will take you to The Kids’ Bookshop for more details about the books.
1. I Love to Dance by Anna Walker
2. Dancing with Grandma by Rosemary Mastnak
3. Josephine Wants to Dance by Jackie French and Bruce Whately
4. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Andreae Giles & Parker-re
5. Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
6. One Funky Monkey by Stacey McCleary and Sue deGennaro
7. Angelina Ballerina by
8. Dogs Don’t Do Ballet by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie
9. Dance like a Pirate by Stephanie Owen Reeder
10. The Peasant Prince by Cunxin Li
See Australia’s best mummy/play bloggers dance for childhood cancer awareness and research:
Just for Daisy
Octavia and Vicky
Living, Loving, Laughing
The Craft Train
Paging Fun Mums
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