A blurry photo of Kaidan peeking around to see me snapping this photo.
Yesterday was a great day at the Utah Feis. My dancers walked away with medals and trophies galore and I will post photo's and placements for my kids soon, but I wanted to show everyone a very special girl, first. She has captured my heart and I adore this child, like she is my own.
I've blogged, Twittered, and Facebooked about Kaidan and her fight with Leukemia several times. You can read my blogs by clicking on the "Kaidan" label in the right-hand column.
Kaidan was introduced to the dancers, adjudicators and everyone present. Jill did a remarkable job and I appreciate her taking over. Just telling Jill what things she might want to say made me choke up. I'm tearing up just writing this. This little girl has a piece of my heart and I know our school is rallying around her as she fights her leukemia. We are fighting with her.
Below is our loved and appreciated *TCRG, Jill Crawford, honoring Kaidan.
If the video is hard to understand, basically Jill tells everyone what a strong fighter Kaidan is and how she loves to Irish Dance. She presents her with the quilt (that was handmade by a very talented dance mom. Jill didn't say that, but I know the mom and I wish I had her talent!) and tells Kaidan that the quilt was made to help her through her treatments. She then explains that 100% of the proceeds from "Dances Up Wishes-The Kaidan Special" will be given to Kaidan's family for her medical expenses.
Kaidan received a huge applause and, at that moment, my amazing love for the Irish Dance community grew ten-fold. We may be strong competitors, and us mom's may be a little feisty when it comes to our own dancers, but we sure rally around each other when one of our own is suffering.
Kaiden, her dad, and big sis watching the dancers compete in her very own special. (Notice the beautiful quilt in her lap? Thanks Anonymous Irish Dance Mom with a big heart!)
I doubt there was a dry eye in the house. We are so thankful that Kaidan was well enough to attend the feis and be present to see these dancers honor her. I found out yesterday through Kaidan's CarePage that she had a fever the night before the feis and was released from Primary Children's Hospital at 3:00 AM. Her family then made it to the feis and Kaidan was taken back to the hospital Sunday morning with a 102.8 fever.
Please keep Kaidan in your prayers! An update from her mom this afternoon :
second verse, same as the first...
Kaidan, you are in our prayers sweetie!
* TCRG: The Irish Dancing Teachers Examination administered by the governing body of Irish dancing worldwide,An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha. When a person is said to be a "TCRG" or has their "TCRG", it would mean they have passed their Irish Dancing Teacher's examination and are recognized by An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha as having been awarded that distinction.