The cheer and dance teams Amy coached claimed numerous National and Grand Championship wins. In April 2011 her senior hip hop dance team became Two Time World Champions after also winning it in 2010! A feat not done by any other coach in the cheer and dance industry!
Upon coming home Amy had surgery to remove a tumor. After this surgery Amy was in a significant amount of pain, not being able to sit or stand. She also now had a colostomy bag. Amy was attending weekly appointments where she would sit for hours and be infused with chemotherapy medication. But she was still getting to team practices as often as she could! Shortly after her last surgery Amy became short of breathe, the cancer had metastasized to her lungs. Obviously, this created more tests, more Doctor visits and more medications. While at work if she didn’t feel well she refused to show it. She told her boss one day ”I forget I’m even sick when I am with my kids.” This is the love she has for her job and her teams!!
Amy’s cancer again spread and it was understood that the chemotherapy would no longer work.
She was accepted as a candidate for treatment and moved to Houston, TX. Since this treatment is a “clinical trial” it is not covered by her insurance. Again, Amy refused to let it keep her grounded, she flew back to Connecticut to work with her teams the week before Worlds 2012. At this point she was so weak she needed a wheelchair through the airport.
During Worlds 2012 Amy was named "2012 Dance Coach of the Year!" by the Dance Coach Association! An honor given based purely on her talent and accomplishments. In the audience that night were her fiance, Kyle, Mom and two sisters, Stacey and Shelley.
Just before a trip back to Houston the pain Amy was enduring was so severe she was taken to the emergency room and admitted at Yale New Haven hospital. More tests, another surgery to repair a tear in her colon and back to a colostomy bag. The top oncologist at the Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven Hospital was called in. It was then decided that Amy and her fiance', Kyle, would stay in Connecticut.
After 50 days in the hospital and multiple surgeries to repair the fistula's in her colon, Amy and Kyle finally went home and started planning their wedding for the coming December! The day after Thanksgiving Amy was back in the hospital due to difficulty breathing. Her cancer had once again progressed. That Saturday evening a ceremony was performed in Amy's hospital room - she and Kyle were married! She then slipped into a coma, early Monday morning Amy lost her hard faught high spirited battle. Her entire family and new husband were by her side.
It has always been her family who said, "Love you, mean it!" Because you can't say "Love you!" without meaning it! And Amy shared that sentiment with everyone she met. The staff and kids from her gym, the dance team in Texas where she was asked to come in and share some of her techniques, and, most of all, her family and friends!!
Amy's spirit and positive attitude was amazing. Or, as her family continues to say AMY-zing.
Amy was so honored by the response of the first fundraiser that her dream was to continue the LYMI Fund. She wanted to have a fund for athletes in the cheer and dance industry that might also become ill so she could give back to the kids she loves so much, and means it!!
Donations made payable to the LYMI Fund can be sent to:
1434 Hartford New London Turnpike
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More info for Fundraisers can be found at:
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Voodoo Ink is offering the tattoo shown here as a fundraiser for the LYMI Fund!!
Price of the tattoo is $50.00 with $20.00 going to the fund!
Call to make your appointment: (860) 432-2255
Location: 358 Main Street, Manchester
This is the same Tattoo place that had a message to Amy in the window the night of her services in Manchester!
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Thank you, Voodoo Ink!! LYMI >
On behalf of all of us who love Amy so dearly...
You! (Mean it.)