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The Carrie Ann Inaba Interview (Page 1 of 3)

Hey, Carrie Ann!
An Interview with Carrie Ann Inaba

Gary Barg: Can you tell me about the Andréa Rizzo Foundation and how you became directly involved?

Carrie Ann Inaba: The Andréa Rizzo Foundation does movement therapy for pediatric cancer patients. I was working on Dancing with the Stars, and there was this woman sitting to my right and next to a young lady who I could tell was undergoing some sort of treatment, maybe chemotherapy. This woman had the brightest light—she just kept smiling and smiling. I went over to her during the commercial break and asked who she was.  She introduced herself as Susan Rizzo and she told me about her foundation. I said, “Sign me up!” and now I am their spokesperson. I am very grateful because she is the inspiration. I am only here to help spread the word and bring awareness to what she is doing for the world.

Gary Barg: What inspired Susan to start the foundation?

Carrie Ann Inaba: Her daughter, Andréa, had cancer when she was a child and she had movement therapy.  She was later diagnosed cancer free, was doing great, and was moving on with her life. She became a dance therapist herself and was going to give back in such a beautiful way, and then was tragically killed in a car accident. It is horrible, but her mom is continuing on in her name and it is a beautiful thing. When you meet Susan, she has a very bright light. I believe full heartedly in what she is doing and I support her in any way I can.

Gary Barg: How does the therapy program work?

Carrie Ann Inaba: Through movement therapy, you are able to see where the children are holding tension and where they are holding fear. Through types of movement, you can access their emotional state. Then the emotions are released through the session by movement, by all different forms of movement. Sometimes it is as simple as rolling our eyes around in circles; sometimes it is just smiling and not smiling, depending on the level of health of each individual patient. A lot of them come in and they have the IVs hooked up to them. Some are actually still in bed because they have had bone marrow transplants. People are in varying degrees of, I would not say pain, but they are in different stages of their illness.

 

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