Help Support Mia

Help Support Mia

From Bo Cherie Derequito

We are raising money to keep Mia in dance! She has been dancing since she was 2, and would love to continue with the classmates and coach that she loves. Due to difficult circumstances, finances are now very limited.

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“Find your safe place…”

This year has been an eventful year for Mia.  There have been many ups, downs, and circumstances that have caused anxiety, fear, and uncertainty in her life.  She has dealt with her biological mom losing visitation rights to her, missing her little sister, and the separation of her step-mother and father.  She had to start seeing a therapist, and the therapist has uncovered a lot of emotional and mental trauma she endured from her biological mother throughout her childhood.  Through extensive therapy and plans to help Mia heal from trauma, the therapist has expressed the importance of stability and continuity in Mia’s life.  Because of all the changes that have happened, it is important for Mia to develop a sense of security and self-confidence. 

Dance is the one place Mia has been able to count on stability.  She has been dancing since she was 2, and on August 2017, she joined the dance team.  Her dance coach grew from a teacher, into a mentor, then into a father figure.  Her classmates turned into teammates then turned into friends and then into family.  The other dance parents became the village that it takes to raise a child.  She is taught strength, determination, drive, responsibility, and confidence through dance.  Unfortunately, due to the crazy circumstances of the past year, finances have been a struggle.  Court and split incomes, therapy sessions and meetings… though all of it was necessary for the well-being of Mia, it has caused the inability to afford dance for the 2019-2020 year. 

Because of the impact dance has made in Mia’s life, and through everything she has endured, this girl deserves the world and I would love to keep her in this one activity she loves and counts on. I am reaching out to see if anyone would be willing to donate toward Mia’s dance fund or even sponsor her in any way.  It would mean the world to her if she could continue on this journey that she loves.  Continue learning the art of dance and the importance of drive, discipline, power, and confidence.  Continue working at what she loves and is passionate for.  Anything helps and would be a blessing to Mia.  I trust those who know and love Mia to share this page as they see fit!

            During her last therapy session, Mia was taught to find her safe place when she felt overwhelmed and anxious.  She closed her eyes and said, “My safe place is when I get on stage and I hear the crowds cheering.  It goes silent and I feel warm inside, then I know this is where I’m meant to be.” 

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