Rijah is a survivor, but even a strong and powerful woman cannot do it all alone.
Last summer Rijah was diagnosed with breast cancer, this itself is very scary. The physical, emotional and financial toll has been deep. Each day she is rising up out of it, but it is going to be a long and difficult road ahead still.
The fear of breast cancer and what it does to one's health is hard enough, but within a matter of weeks, she lost all of her financial means. Turns out some of those businesses who employ healing artists have no empathy for life threatening illnesses affecting their employees. Before even undergoing treatment, she was told her services were no longer needed.
Rijah is a self-employed creative professional, providing movement classes to toddlers, empowerment belly dance lessons to women, and healing arts to her community. She is a performance artist, dancer, writer, teacher, and artistic director of Trash Into Art puppet troupe and Circus Ole` and Feast of Fools. She focuses on performance for social change much of her work has focused on raising awareness about environmental and social issues through theater and puppetry including the creation of an animal free circus that raises awareness about the mistreatment of circus animals.
Most importantly, in addition to being the glue that often holds her friends and family together, she is a single mom to three amazing kids.
Rijah is my glue, my glitter, my chosen family, she sees the best in me, even when I am grumpy, and all the possibilities that I can become. I know she is this to many. I met her while attending Goddard College, not long after we were plotting and planning comedic dance routines, social justice puppet shows, and other mischief.
We need her and without our help, the glue, the glitter, and the possibilities will be hard for her to hold together.
This is why I am asking you to help Rijah. Right now she needs financial support to cover her modest living expenses, so she can stay in her apartment with her daughter and her dog, and her medical expenses, so she can get the best treatment available.
Please donate today, every little bit helps and it will add up. We think she will need another month or two to recover from her treatments and then go back to what she loves, teaching dance and providing healing body work. But, right now she needs to focus on her own healing and not worry if the lights are going to be shut off.
Thank you for supporting Rijah, my friend & my chosen family.
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