Dance Performances to Help Transplant Patients

Take Two 2012

Provo, Utah, July 18, 2012 –Last year, Chelsea Weidmann wanted a way to help her cousin Chad Freckleton, who had undergone two transplants. She held a successful dance performance fundraiser to assist his family with the transplant expenses, and this year she’s dancing to help transplant patients yet again.

This year’s performance will be in honor of Jeffery Lewis, with the proceeds benefiting the National Foundation for Transplants (NFT). Lewis is the father of Weidmann’s friend and fellow dancer, Lindsay Folkman.

Lewis received a kidney transplant in April. His new kidney came from the east coast, and he lives in Nev., so the organ was kept on ice slightly longer than the ideal time limit. This somewhat complicated and slowed down his recovery. His follow-up visits show that things are going well, and although he isn’t back to 100 percent just yet, his progress is steady.

NFT is a nonprofit organization based in Memphis, Tenn. that helps transplant patients raise funds to pay for medical expenses.

“It’s really amazing that Chelsea is willing to take on such a big event yet again to help transplant patients like Jeffery and her cousin Chad,” said Kay Horne, NFT fundraising consultant. “We’re honored that she’s raising awareness for NFT, as well as the vital need for organ donors across the country.”

“Take Two is a mentored choreography project,” explained Weidmann. “We have choreographers from all over Utah County working in many different genres. This year’s show includes dances in ballroom, contemporary, ballet and Middle Eastern dance, and our mentors are Jennie Creer-King, Lindsay Folkman and Wilson Domingues.”

The community is invited to attend the Take Two 2012 performances July 26-28. Performances will begin at 7 p.m. each night at Classical Ballet Academy, 875 S. 170 E. in Provo. Tickets are $5 each night, and seating is first come, first serve. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.

On the 26th and 27th, audience members will vote for their favorite performances. After the performance on the 28th, awards will be given for Audience Favorite, Mentor’s Choice, and Most Promising New Choreographer.

For tickets or more information, please contact Chelsea Weidmann at chelsea.taketwo@gmail.com.

About NFT
NFT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Memphis, Tenn. that has been helping transplant patients overcome financial obstacles since 1983. NFT provides fundraising expertise and advocacy to transplant patients by organizing fundraising campaigns in the patients’ own communities. In the past 28 years, NFT’s fundraising campaigns have generated nearly $59 million to assist patients.

NFT currently assists more than 1,000 transplant candidates and recipients nationwide. For more information about NFT, please call 800-489-3863 or visit www.transplants.org.

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