“Your illness does not define you. Your strength and courage does.”
Anyone who knew Angie Ley would agree that she lived life with strength, courage, and a positive energy that made everyone around her smile. And when Angie lost her life to metastatic cervical cancer in November 2013, those who knew and loved her immediately felt a great void. With the help of her alma mater and former team, the Totino-Grace E’gals, Angie’s legacy of dedication, strength, and love for family live on through the Angie Ley 5K and the proceeds raised through this event. One of the beneficiaries of money raised from the Angie Ley 5K goes towards a child who lost a parent to cancer attending innovative and fun-filled programs at Camp Kesem. The other beneficiary is a MADT scholarship in Angie’s name.
The Totino-Grace E’gals invite you and your team to come support this great cause on the August 24 at 6:30 pm. Not only is this a great team bonding event, but it is a way to make a difference in the lives of fellow dancers and families who have been affected by cancer. There is a special sense of community among dance teams at the race and we hope you join the E’gals, the Totino-Grace community, and Angie’s family and friends in helping with this event. The race begins and ends at Totino-Grace High School. Online registration link is included below:
** Be sure to register by August 14 to ensure a free t-shirt/tank top!
For more information on Angie’s story, you can visit the facebook page here:
MADT is privileged to give out two scholarships to deserving dancers this past spring. AnnMarie Kunkel and Caitlyn Heiskala exhibit the same qualities Angie lived her life by- courage, positivity, and heart.
From 7th grade through her senior year, AnnMarie danced on the varsity jazz and kick teams for the St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaderettes. She was a captain her senior year and choreographer for both jazz and kick for four years. She received 3 state medals, was selected for the 2017 Minnesota High School All State Team in High Kick and the 2017 Central Minnesota All Area Dance Team.
Ann is a well rounded athlete, having also played soccer since age 5, receiving a varsity letter her sophomore, junior, and senior year and a senior captain. Not only that, she play golf 9th-11th grade and managed the softball team at Cathedral.
She recently graduated with a 3.8 GPA and will attend the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with plans to major in kinesiology. Her hope is to become a physician assistant with an interest in women’s injury recovery and/or pediatrics.
Caitlyn was a six year varsity letter recipient on the Chisago Lakes Dance Team. She not only received All-Conference twice, but she also received the Minnesota High School All State award two years as well.
Caitlyn showed perseverance through several injuries that left her sidelined from dance since 2015. Her senior year she returned to the team, only to suffer a torn meniscus in December 2016. She chose to forgo surgery so that she could compete at the Section 2AA tournament. Her brave performance and gritty decision to dance through a tremendous amount of pain helped secure a ticket for her team to the 2017 State High Kick Tournmant.
Caitlyn will attend the University of Minnesota-Duluth this fall.