Dancing for Cancer Research [VIDEO]

“I want to celebrate and live my life.” Those very appropriate lyrics from Taio Cruz’ song Dynamite ring out in a fun new video of McGill University research scientists dancing around their lab in support of cancer research. The video is designed to highlight the important cancer research that is taking place at McGill’s Goodman Cancer Research Centre. The video was launched on September 21, 2011 and has already been viewed more than 44,000 times.

Timing for the release of this video is particularly relevant. October is Breast Cancer Month and one of the key areas of research for the Goodman Cancer Research Centre is breast cancer research. In addition to highlighting their work, every view of the video is going to result in a donation by the video’s sponsor to the Goodman Centre.

An important part of Breast Cancer Month is celebrating and supporting women who are currently going through breast cancer treatment or who have survived breast cancer. The choreographer of the video is Adonna Greaves, a fitness and dance instructor and breast cancer survivor. Greaves was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2005, opened her dance studio in January 2006, and started chemotherapy in February of the same year. Although her doctors encouraged her to take it easy, she felt like teaching fitness classes acted as physical and mental therapy, so she kept working hard throughout her treatment.

According to an article about Greaves in Canada.com, exercise can extend the life of cancer survivors:

Cancer patients who exercise regularly following their diagnosis report less nausea, anxiety, depression and fatigue compared to those who don’t exercise. … A 2005 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that walking as little as one hour a week at the leisurely pace of two to three miles per hour reduces the risk of breast cancer recurrence by 30 per cent. Increase the amount of time spent walking to three to five hours a week at the same pace and the risk of breast cancer recurrence drops by another 10 per cent.

Don’t Forget! Early detection is critical in the fight against breast cancer. Learn more about breast cancer screening, including checking your own breasts, being examined by a healthcare professional, and having mammograms, at thing-a-ma-boob.

Do you know any breast cancer patients or survivors? What are you doing to celebrate and support them this October?

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Photo credit: Screen capture from video


Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence6 years ago

beautiful..simply BEAUTIFUL!

Beverly G.
bev g6 years ago

Great stuff, gud peeps.

Gail P.
Gail P6 years ago

I loved this video, however:
The solution to cancer is to apply The Precautionary Principle. If we did this the products we use on ourselves, and in our environment would be free of chemicals that could cause harm. Nuclear power plants are also raising cancer rates, and Fukushima will have cancer effects worse than Chernobyl (where close to 1,000,000 cancers were directly attributed to the disaster) Right now there are so many substances that we are exposed to that are questionable by themselves, without even looking at how they interact with other suspicious substances.
"... the search for a cure for cancer lies in ELIMINATING THE INDUSTRIAL POLLUTANTS THAT CAUSE IT not in a research laboratory. "

Cindy Corkern
Cindy C6 years ago

I'll dance when they stop testing on animals.

Cindy B.
Cindy B6 years ago

OK, yes, I agree that Big Pharma probably has too many tentacles in cancer research, that getting chemo is probably WORSE for many people than not getting it, that many more natural ways to fight cancer are not well researched because they're not profitable, etc. etc.....

BUT DAMMIT, THAT'S JUST ABOUT THE MOST ENTERTAINING THING I'VE SEEN IN A LONG TIME! THE FACT THAT THEY'RE REAL SCIENTISTS AND DOCS, THAT THEY INTERSPERSED SO MUCH RESEARCH FOOTAGE INTO THE DANCING, and just the whole ball of wax. KUDOS to McGill and to the director. WELL DONE! And much more inspiring than just a slickly produced verbal spiel. xoxo!

Deborah M.
Deborah M6 years ago

Yes, this was fun to watch but honestly I am sick to death about all the funding going to breast cancer. Does anybody realize the funding to childhood cancer has taken massive hits the last few years? Just because Susan G. Kormen Foundation has a GREAT PR department and has done much to get the word out does not mean breast cancer is the only place that desperately needs support. They are in the public's face and I for one am sick of pink ribbons, pink yogurt lids, pink mixers, pink junk food. Childhood cancer is one of the top killers of our children and yet their funding gets cut. GRRRR!

Annie M.
Annie M6 years ago

cancer research is a sham! It is a money cycle perpetrated by big Pharma and the AMA with the collusion of the government. It will never find a cure for cancer because then the gravy train would stop. Everyone needs to stop contributing to the drug overlords NOW.

Kamryn M.
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Christa Leduc
Christa Leduc6 years ago

Those who refused medical procedures had a lower mortlity rate than those who submitted.
Early detection meant accelerated treatmentand early death.
Finally, chemotherapy, the current cancer treatment, actually shortens lives. This powerful drug (actually 13 drugs) has damaging side effects because as it zaps cancer cells, it also damages healthy tissue. Side effects as listed by the drug itself include: destruction of immune system, leukopenia, hemorrhage, gonadal suppression, bone marrow depression, phlebosclerosis (hardening of the veins), severe cellulitis, vesication (blisterinng), tissue necrosis (death), fever chills, nause, prolonged vomiting, partial or total hair loss, lethargy, disorientation, ataxis (inability to cordinate muscle movements), dysarthria (impaired speech), anorexia, enteritis, stomatitis, erythema (morbid redness of skin), anemia, liver failure, cancer & death.
Thus according to expert medical opinion, cancer patients would do well to avoid many of the current treatments now being offered.