About Heather M. Weeks

Our love for Heather M. Weeks is the inspiration for the Hope for Heather Organization. The name comes from the amazing benefit in August of 2008 sponsored by Tawn Marie's Dance Studio booster club. She was diagnosed with an aggressive form of colon cancer on June 10, 2008 at age 23. She had the tumor removed on July 1 but the cancer had already spread to her liver and bone marrow.
Heather fought gallantly against the cancer and posted daily and weekly updates on her Heatherina blog. The readership of this blog grew to thousands as she posted honest and courageous accounts of her battle.
She worked at the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) as assistant to CEO, Elizabeth Howard throughout her battle with cancer. Heather was committed to spreading the word about Ovarian Cancer because there are often few symptoms before the cancer has progressed to stage 3 or 4.

The success of the benefit and the support of her employer OCRF allowed Heather to fight back against the medical bills that accompany cancer treatment. Heather was a student and successful competitive dancer and then a student teacher at Tawn's Studio. She often said she felt truly alive when she was dancing.
She attended the University of Buffalo in the honors program majoring in dance. She graduated in 3 years, summa cum laude. She toured with Caribbean tour of Sesame Street Live after graduation. She then moved to New Jersey to allow frequent auditions for Broadway Shows or Broadway Tours; rooming with a Liverpool high classmate. She worked as a character actor at Mars 2112 on Broadway at 50 th. It was here she met her fiance and soul mate. Heather passed on November 14, 2008 at 24. More details about Heather can be found at http://www.hopeforheather.com.
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