I just read that it’s National Hug Day and I can’t stop thinking about this hug.


This sweet girl is Kate Arpano.  This hug was at a fundraiser her Dance Center family organized called, “Kick It Up For Kate.”  I was invited by my friend Katrina Wilson and it was one of the most special nights I have ever experienced.  The dance studio was filled with love, joy, laughter, music, and hope.  Kate’s smile lit up the room.

Kate was diagnosed with a rare cancer called DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma) at age five.  She was treated at Boston Children’s Hospital and she fought her cancer for 17 months with strength and bravery.  I keep thinking about her amazing parents, her little sister, and her community.

Please help fight DIPG with a donation to www.fightdipg.org