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Rockin’ dance party to benefit local dancer

On Saturday, a “Rockin’ Dance Party” and silent auction to benefit Tresa Honaker will be hosted from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Grass Valley.

Honaker, a local dancer, teacher, choreographer and artistic director of AirAligned aerial dance group, sustained a broken back from a 15-foot fall while rehearsing Jan. 11, 2012. She has been paralyzed from the waist down since.

After more than a year of slow progress, Honaker has started specialized physical therapy in the Bay Area, combining Chinese medicine with SCI-Fitness, something insurance does not cover, according to benefit organizers.

Many spinal cord injuries similar to Honaker’s are considered quite hopeless in the Western medical community; however, SCI-FIT specializes in nontraditional spinal cord injury rehabilitation, maximizing the potential for each individual suffering from spinal cord injuries by utilizing strategic exercises and providing the proper stimulation for an optimal functional outcome.

Honaker travels twice monthly to the Bay Area and, in two and a half days, fits in 12 hours of physical therapy. Each trip costs approximately $1,500. Her goal is to be upright with the assistance of arm crutches within the next three years, according to organizers.

“This community has given me the support and hope that I may someday walk again!” said Honaker of the multiple benefits hosted in her honor after the fall.

This latest benefit is specifically to support Honaker’s specialized treatment.

The band, Sons of Boogie, will play recognizable dance tunes. There will also be a silent auction. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at BriarPatch Co-op, at the door or by calling 530-477-1977. Doors open at 7:15 p.m.


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