Friday, February 04, 2005

Dancing to Heaven

My sincere condolences to the family of Desiree Keras (age 16), who passed away as a result of a fall onto a subway rail track in New York City. She died at the hospital.

She was a dancer in the Young Artists Program at the Martha Graham School, a group Big Sister supports tirelessly. Desiree was one of their most dedicated teens. One of the few that her teacher, Big Sister's best friend, never doubted would fulfill her dream to became a dancer. He shared something she wrote last year:
 
"I am a dancer because dancing allows me to express myself through movement. Dancing shows the world how I truly feel and my feelings can never be hidden behind a lie when I dance."
 
He then added the following: "Dance was her passion. May she continue to dance in heaven."

10 Comments:

At 9:39 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

How did it happen?

 
At 9:53 AM, Blogger Esther said...

What I heard seems a bit sketchy, but apparently she fainted (why, I don't know) while waiting on the platform for the subway and fell down onto the tracks. I believe she broke her neck. She was in a coma and on life support and her parents took her off the life support. It's just so, so sad.

 
At 11:52 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

It is sad. But, that kind of stuff just happens sometimes. I know it sounds cold, but it is true.

 
At 7:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

she fainted on the time square subway platform and hit her head on the cement embankment causing a massive brain injury. she was a jewel and gindy i hope this never happens to someone in your family. the pain this causes is so ddep and deadly you have no idea. i am her father

 
At 4:40 PM, Blogger jessa said...

I went to school with Desiree Keras and i miss her even until this day. My name is Jessa and i know her family very well. She was the greatest, smartest, most talented girl i knew. I just want to say sorry to her family <3

 
At 9:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i miss her oh so much...i cannot even describe how much i miss her. she is my guardian angel, and the only one right now with whom i can really openly talk to. i feel like she's near me all the time, watching every single step of mine, showing me where to place my next one....

~Anna.

 
At 5:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well what is to say about this wonderful and energy full young lady. She continue to be my real inspiration . This is Tadej Brdnik, director of Teens@Graham, which is a head organization that includes Young Artists Program. One of my mission is for people to remember her name. Will keep you posted.

tadej

 
At 1:41 PM, Anonymous CHRISTINA MARINO said...

I HAVE JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT DESIREE, I WENT TO JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL WITH HER, HER BROTHER AND MY SISTER WERE FRINEDS AND WE WOULD ALWAYS WALK HOME TOGETHER ALL OF US IN A GROUP I DONT UNDERSTAND HOW THIS COULD HAPPEN TO SUCH A WONDERFUL BRILLIANT GEM. NO MATTER WHAT THE SITUATION, DESIREE ALWAYS WANTED THINGS TO BE GOOD AND PEACEFUL. I STILL HAVE MY BEANIE BABY FROM HER BIRTHDAY PARTY AND I MUST SAY THAT ITS IS NOW A PRICELESS ITEM IN MY LIFE AS DESIREE WAS TO HER WONDERFUL FAMILY IM SO FILLED WITH SORROW THINKING OF HOW THEY MUST GO ON AND HOW HARD IT IS TO DO SO. DES- I LOVED YOU MORE THAN I COULD HAVE EVER IMAGINED AND I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU FOR ACCEPTING ME AND TREATING ME LIKE I WAS YOUR FRIEND MY WHOLE LIFE

--CHRISTINA MARINO

 
At 12:38 AM, Anonymous Hunter Lydon said...

Today is the 4 Year Anniversary of Desiree's death. I wish that I could have captured our time together better. I think that there's some footage I have of her and all of our friends somewhere and I wish i could find it someday. Just to see her face again would make me happy for I don't know how long.

To Desiree's family:

I know we only saw each other a few times, the last times at the hospital and funeral and I know I don't know you very well but I'd like to know how you're all doing.

-Hunter Lydon

 
At 7:58 AM, Blogger Toni Ferraro said...

My condolences.

My family were neighbors over at Arrowhead Lake. We used to play with each other. She was a sweet girl, often mischievous but a good kid all around.

RIP

 

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