Jump, Jive & Thrive – Celebrating Cancer Survivors & Thrivers

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A collection of amazing musical artists, dancers, gymnasts, and more are coming together for a one night show to honor those that have battled & survived cancer and who are now thriving in life!

Valerie Kondos Field
Photo: uclabruins.com

Jump, Jive & Thrive; A celebration of sport, song and survivorship is showcasing a star studded cast of artists and athletes featuring a tribute to Valorie Kondos Field, cancer survivor, head coach of the UCLA Bruins Women’s Gymnastics Team, and show creative director and executive producer.

“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)
  • and more…
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.
 
Shannon Miller
Photo: Twitter

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”.
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5 thoughts on “Jump, Jive & Thrive – Celebrating Cancer Survivors & Thrivers

  1. I live seeing these stories! I am also a survivor! Brain cancer. Diagnosed in March 1986, I gave been blessed to have current reseach a my finger tips all along the way, so that my survival in noe reaching 32 years , May 2018
    Attitude is everything!
    Even though is has sliwed me down a little, and I had to unexpectadly retire way early, I am very appreciative of the life lessons the horrible desease has taught me!
    Blessings,
    Susan Kiggins

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed the story and hope you were able to catch the show on CBS today. Congrats on thriving for 32 years, thats amazing and so great to hear. Keep up the fight!

  2. It not a gymnast or a sports star or a TV personality but I felt the need to respond. I am an 8 year survivor of brain cancer. The day I got the news of my tumor biopsy was the scariest day of my life. All I could think of was dying before I saw my children get married and having children if their own to give me grandchildren.
    Now8 years later I am cancer free and my daughter got married in June of this year. I thought that date in 2009 was the worst day possible but it wasn’t. My son died on March 21, 2013 and that was the absolute
    Worst day of my life. He died before marrying so I’ll never see little ones that look just like him. I still can’t think of that without crying. They say it’s not our place to ask why but I do ask that and there is no possible answer that makes sense. Shows like yours make me realize I’m not alone on the cancer front and help keep me strong and positive. Life goes on no matter what you experience, and there’s always someone who is going through worse than you.
    Thanks for letting me vent.

    1. Thank you so much for your story! You are not alone and there is so many support systems out there. Your Grandchildren are your motivation to continue to fight and heal. Use them as your inspiration and continue to thrive each and every day! Best of luck.

  3. On a more positive note. I am happily looking forward to the grandchildren my daughter will one day have and I work everyday at physical therapy to get stronger so I can sit on the floor to play and be strong enough to babysit the beautiful grandchildren she will give to me that will be the light of my life and look as beautiful as she is.

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