ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – Now 12-year-old CiCi Gregory was born three months premature and severely underweight. As a result of intensive medical treatments from life-threatening complications, she's nearly deaf, but that doesn't stop her from pursuing her passion: dance.
Gregory now trains at the Center of Creative Arts in St. Louis, and recently performed in the Missouri Ballet's Nutcracker and the Wizard of Oz with Memphis Ballet.
"I hope that by becoming a successful dancer, I can inspire other differently-abled kids like me to find their passion," she said.
She has been selected to train at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, which has performed all over the world, from China to the White House. Training is estimated to cost $5,000, and to help cover the costs, a fundraiser was held at New York New York Hair Design at St. Charles Rock Road.
HPO SpaTreatments say it will donate 100 percent of the sales of body bars made for the event.
"When CiCi was small, she would dance across my salon floor, never letting her hearing aid or cochlear implant deter her," Debra Small, founder of HPO Spa Treatments, said in a news release. "I'm thrilled to donate my salon and the body bars to help make this dream come true for CiCi."
Excess funds will be donated to the Moog Center for Deaf Education and COCA.
You can contribute to Cici's fund here: www.gofundme.com/cicihear2dance.
We'll have more about Gregory on NewsChannel 5 at 10.