Meet Tessa Prothero.
Tessa is nine years old and lives outside Detroit, MI, and she suffers from a type of cancer called Neuroblastoma. Tessa — a dancer! — has been having a rough go lately. She was diagnosed when she was five, and now she’s trying four new chemotherapy treatments for her stage four cancer, and struggles to walk.
Enter the power of dance — and the power of community.
Can a flash mob cure Tessa’s cancer? Of course not. But Gilda’s Club, a local organization that offers free support for cancer patients and their families, hoped a surprise dance party might boost Tessa’s spirits, if only for a few minutes on her birthday. So the group enlisted former “So You Think You Can Dance” contestant Will Thomas to choreograph a routine, set to Meghan Trainor’s “Better When I’m Dancin’,” featuring everyone from trained dancers at local studios to family friends — 300 people in total.
Click here to see how it all went down.
“Tessa has been feeling a little down in the dumps lately,” Tessa’s parents wrote in a statement on Team Tessa’s Facebook page. “This flash mob was just what the doctor ordered to help boost her morale.”
Oh, and then there’s Willow, Tessa’s other birthday present.
Send some love and well wishes to Tessa over on her Facebook page.