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2013 USA Best Book Awards Finalist – Non Fiction Narrative
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Dréa’s Dream: An Unfinished Dance – Lessons of love, loss, hope, and healing
tells the inspiring story of a mother’s and daughter’s indomitable journey of triumph over childhood cancer and disabilities, only to face the ultimate challenge of unexpected loss. Neither Susan Rizzo Vincent, nor her only child Andréa, could have foretold the turn of events that tragically changed both of their lives forever and irreversibly. But just as dance was the driving force behind Andréa’s life, it has now become the same driving force in Susan’s as she fulfills Andréa’s lifelong goals and passion for dance through helping others.
Little did Susan know the lessons she would learn in furthering Andréa’s dreams, nor could she have ever imagined the hope and gifts such loss could bring. Dréa’s Dream: An Unfinished Dance also shares practical lessons learned about surviving the unthinkable and brings to light the power of dance to heal.
“Dréa’s Dream: An Unfinished Dance will empower parents facing the devastating news of their child’s cancer diagnosis as well as parents of any child facing disabilities. In addition, it offers inspiration to dancers, who know firsthand the therapeutic value of dance as a healing modality and to anyone who is looking for an inspiring story of a mother’s and daughter’s everlasting bond. For parents who have actually lost a child, this book provides a guiding light and offers help to find a reason to go on when such tragedy strikes.”
– Jane Seymour
Actress, Artist, Philanthropist
“This book brings to life the compassion and emotion that have inspired me to join Susan in her efforts to help children with cancer and special needs.”
– Dr. Lori M. Baudino, BC-DMT Senior Dance/Movement Therapist
Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
“This beautiful story portrays the power of love and faith between a mother and daughter that will be an inspiration to all. Through Susan Rizzo Vincent’s heartfelt words she builds awareness about the healing art of dance.”
– Suzi Tortora, Ed.D., BC-DMT Senior Dance/Movement Therapist
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC
Author of The Dancing Dialogue