Dance benefit to help twins Ashley and Samantha Housel battle leukemia

Dancing for a cause

LAKE PARK, Fla. - A group of local dancers are practicing for a big performance Friday night.

They are dancing to raise money for two fellow dancers, twin little sisters who are battling leukemia.

The girls were diagnosed just after they performed in their first recital late last year, just before Christmas.

"It was completely devastating…I mean when you're not just finding out about one, but both of your daughters having a disease like this," said the children's father, Mike Housel.

Ashley and Samantha are 3-and-a-half years old and are going through chemotherapy and other treatments.

"It's kind of scary you know, when both of your kids are sick and you don't know what to expect or what the outcome is gonna be but you kinda push through it," their mother, Monique, said.

One of their brothers, Damian, can't wait for them to get better. "I do miss them, I hope they get to come back home soon, I do go visit them a lot."

Hospital stays, drives to Miami for treatments and missing work put a financial strain on the family.

They are struggling to keep their Lake Park dance studio 'Dance Tonight' open. That's why many people from the local dance community came together Friday night to put on a big show for the girls at the Borland Center in Palm Beach Gardens.

"It's amazing to have perfect strangers that you would have never met in my life really willing to donate and come out with their time and their stuff, and do this for my daughters," their father said.

Lisa Lepoff, who is dancing in the show, said " What makes it very special to me is that I'm dancing to help raise funds for these little girls and that's what's in my heart and I'm gonna dance my heart out tonight"

Newschannel 5 and WFLX Anchor Shannon Cake emceed the even. To learn more about how to help the twins, visit their website at http://www.gofundme.com/5y1ykw

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