“I was honored to be asked to participate and be involved in this event. Any time I can bring awareness to this disease and show that you can not only survive but Thrive is my mission,” says Kondos.
The show will include live music and gymnastics featuring but not exclusive to:
Melissa Etheridge (cancer survivor & musician)
Shannon Miller (cancer survivor & US Olympic gymnast)
Laurie Hernandez (US Olympic gymnast)
Betty Okino (US Olympic gymnast)
Sam Peszek (US Olympic gymnast)
Jordyn Wieber (US Olympic gymnast)
Brandy Johnson (US Olympic gymnast)
Sydney Johnson-Scharpf (former USA Gymnastics National Team member)
With financial help from Pfizer, a premier biopharmaceutical company, show Producer Mike Burg has enlisted Miss Val and some top names to produce this event that include; Dominic Zito, USA Gymnastics National Team Choreographer and of many post Olympic gymnastics tours and shows.
Co-hosts for the night are Samantha Harris (cancer survivor and former host of DWTS), Scott Hamilton (cancer survivor and US Olympic figure skater), and Shannon Miller.
Miller states, “As an advocate for women’s health and an ovarian cancer survivor I do as much as I can to create awareness of women’s cancers, share hope and raise funds to fight this disease. This event, Jump, Jive and Thrive is a great way to do all of these things while sharing inspiring stories of survivors and shedding light on the importance of not just “surviving” but on thriving beyond this diagnosis.”
Shannon’s message is clear when it comes to surviving cancer and thriving after.
“As survivors we each have a different journey but we can come together with the focus of fighting back. We must fight! We all fight in different ways and often those change over time. During treatment my fight was to get up and walk around the dining room table, one slow step at a time. That was my way of telling cancer that it would not keep me down. I try to enjoy and appreciate each day to the fullest and this show and this performance is part of that joy.”
This amazing celebration of life & survivorship will be held on Sunday, October 8 @ 6pm PST at Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus. If you can not make the live show, it will be televised on CBS on Saturday, October 21 at 1:00pm EST.
The majority of the proceeds from the show will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The mission of BCRF is to “prevent and cure breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research”.