To celebrate 10 years of raising money for a local Georgia family fighting cancer, this year’s Dancers Unite Against Cancer event promises to be a bigger celebration than ever before. Set for April 13 from 7 to 11 p.m., the event will be a blowout rooftop party at The Atrium on Sweet Auburn, 236 Auburn Ave. NE in downtown Atlanta, complete with DJ/musicians on two stages and performances by local bands and dancers. It will raise money for Jonesboro mother of three Lykeisha Wofford, 38, who is battling Stage 2, Grade C, triple-positive breast cancer.
Ten years ago, Atlantan Joline Falco created a fundraiser to support her mother, Nancy Falco, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Though her mother died before the event, Joline went on with the show and raised funds for funeral and other outstanding medical expenses. She then turned that tragedy into an annual opportunity to help others fighting cancer. Each year, Falco and the board of directors identify a local resident to serve as the recipient of the Dancers Unite Against Cancer event proceeds, a.k.a. the Nancy Falco Fund Ltd.
This year, the community will have an opportunity to support Wofford during her cancer battle by purchasing tickets to the 10th annual Dancers Unite Against Cancer fundraiser, donating online, and/or “making a difference” during the event with a contribution on site. In fact, 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales, event food sales and donations go directly to Wofford to help her pay co-pays and balances left for surgery, scans, treatments, medication, labs and diagnostic testing. Wofford has one more year of chemotherapy and five years of medication to complete her treatment.
However, Dancers Unite Against Cancer isn’t just a fundraiser. It’s a celebration of Wofford, Nancy Falco and all the other recipients of the Nancy Falco Fund. Wofford, who said she had a rough childhood through early adulthood, has worked tirelessly to graduate as an registered nurse and earn her bachelor's degree in nursing. She is now just six credits shy of her master's degrees in nursing and health administration.
“What seemed out of reach for me became my career," Wofford said.
Though her job is to help take care of others, Wofford said she was always too busy to take care of herself. Her cancer diagnosis changed all of that, and her motto is, “Don't let this cancer get you down. Get up every day and fight!”
Of the Nancy Falco Fund, Wofford said, “I am so honored and appreciative to be a part of the fund. I thought things like this only happen to people with higher stature than myself. But to know things like this are out in the world gives me a better sense of survival.”
During Dancers Unite Against Cancer, world-renown D.J. K-von will spin everyone’s favorite fresh jams while partygoers dance the night away atop one of Atlanta’s most up-and-coming event spaces. And eight-piece party band Bird City Revolutionaries will provide dub, reggae, afrobeat, soul and psychedelic music from the '60s and '70s to get those toes tapping. In addition, rapper/composer Boannski will perform for the crowd, while an emcee takes over the mic between sets. Lastly, local dancers Silver Classix Crew, a dynamic hip-hop group of dancers 50 and older, will show their stuff on the dance floor while encouraging others to get out for a twirl or two.
In addition to the musicians and performers, the event will boast dinner plates for sale by Jammin’ Cuisines, an authentic local Caribbean cuisine caterer, a cash bar, light-up gear and accessories for purchase and all the dancing one can do from 7 to 11 p.m. While partygoers dine on jerk chicken, rasta pasta, fritters, sweet plantains and more, they will have an opportunity to make a difference by donating directly to Wofford, as she takes the stage to tell her story. Also on stage will be professional slide shows of all of the important work the Nancy Falco Fund has done in its 10 years of service to the Atlanta community.
Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door for adults and free for children under 12. All children must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times. Parking is limited and in paid lots only, so MARTA, Lyft or Uber transportation is strongly suggested.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.nancyfalcofund.org/line-up-2019 and click on the “Purchase Tickets & Make a Donation” button (purchases are through EventBrite). For more information or to learn more about the artists, visit www.nancyfalcofund.org.