Book for Hope hosted our 1st Annual Dancing for Gold™ on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at the Paducah Convention Center. For a small grassroots childhood cancer organization, we were thrilled with the overall successful event. There were only seven people fundraising as well as dancing that poured their hearts into Dancing for Gold™. Amanda Waxman from Western Rivers was the overall winner of Dancing for Gold™. Amanda raised $20,000.00 for the event. Amber Crice Parker was close on the heels of Amanda Waxman raising almost double her goal. Amanda Farley won the crowd favorite. Book for Hope had set a date for Dancing for Gold twice and had to cancel due to COVID.
The dancers were fundraising to hit their personal goal of $10,000 during challenging times with the worldwide pandemic. That did not stop mother, Bethany, and son Rylan Crouch. This duo danced together and have been through more difficult times than COVID to stop them, as Rylan is a childhood cancer survivor. Last year, Lindsey Bridges exceeded her goal in consenting to Dance in memory of Owen Matthews. Rachel Marks did not hit her goal, but she met her hero, Elizabeth Weidner, a childhood cancer warrior who has been fighting cancer since the age of twelve years old and now seventeen years old. Through pain, trials, and struggles, Elizabeth surprised the crowd and danced to the song, “You Say.” Elizabeth received a standing ovation, and there was not a dry eye in the room. All of this could not have been possible without our outstanding Dance Directors, Pam, and Ashley Thurman. Book for Hope could not be more thankful to have had over $100,000.00 raised from this incredible event. A huge thank you to every person that donated, purchased a table or a chair for Dancing for Gold. Thank you to God that heard our prayers for help. Our childhood cancer organization will use the money to financially help families with a child on cancer treatment in Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois and give money to childhood cancer research. Until next year, please continue to keep praying for a cure for cancer and using your voice to raise awareness for childhood cancer.
“A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;”
King James Version
Mrs. Gaylon Hayden, President
Book for Hope, Inc.
Ashley & Pam Thurman
Interventional Radiologic Technologist at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.
Rachel was crowned Mrs. Illinois America in May 2019
Staff Development Coordinator at
Green Acres Health Care Inc.
a student at Mayfield, Kentucky,
and childhood cancer survivor!
with Western Rivers Boat Management
Principal of Ballard County Middle School
at Morgan Elementary School
1st Grade teacher
at Lyon County Elementary School
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