I need your help!
I have been asked to “Dance”; yes I said Dance, in the 5th Annual Boca’s Ballroom Battle (Boca’s version of Dancing with the Stars) at the Boca Raton Resort & Club on August 17th. I will be paired with a professional from Fred Astaire Dance Studios and will “attempt” to channel Saturday Night Fever’s “The Hustle” to perform in front of 800 attendees. I am competing against 7 other dancers from Boca for the coveted “Mirror Ball” trophy.
Ballroom Dancing is new to me and I am totally out of my comfort zone. But, the proceeds benefit one of the most important charitable organizations in Boca, The George Snow Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to underprivileged youth. Last year they gave out over $502,000 in scholarships to youth who had little or no chance of going to college – making a tremendous difference in the future of these kids.
My objective is to win this competition, not only for dancing, but to try and break the record for the most money raised to support this wonderful cause.
Please help me by donating today. Click the green “Donate” button to make a tax-deductible contribution. Be sure to click on the drop down menu under “Dancer I am Supporting” and select my name. Or if you would like to buy tickets, you can call Debi Feiler at 561-347-6799 and she will gladly accept your donation or ticket purchase over the phone
There is no amount too small when it comes to helping deserving students. Every dollar is greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much for your support as I take on this challenge!
Darci McNally lives in Boca Raton with her husband Ray and two children, Cole age 12 and Drew age 11. She has spent the last 17 years working in the field of psychosocial oncology. She is currently the director of Multi-Modality Clinics and Psychosocial Services at the Lynn Cancer Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.
Darci McNallyis a board certified clinical social worker, a member of the Association of Oncology Social Workers, and the Florida Society of Oncology Social Workers. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her Master’s degree in Social Work at Florida International University. She completed the Advanced Psychosocial Oncology training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and has received a specialty certification in oncology social work. In her current role, she is responsible for the operations of the Breast, Head & Neck, Thoracic, Gastrointestinal, Melanoma/Advanced Skin Cancer and Urological Multi-Modality Clinics. In addition, she oversees the supportive services programs at the Lynn Cancer Institute. While her role is in administration, she maintains routine direct patient care by leading support groups, providing one to one therapy and working in the Breast Multimodality Clinic.
Her patients have taught her “to see every day as a gift that we must cherish.” Because of her caring dedication to her patients and profession Darci was awarded as a “Woman of Distinction” at the Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach in 2008.
Darci is passionate about training the next generation of social workers. She has served as a field instructor for local Universities and has supervised 13 students in her vocation. She has served as an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University teaching a Grief and Bereavement Course. She is also a contributing author to a book about coping with breast cancer, entitled, “Just a Lump in the Road”.
Darci demonstrates a commitment to the community through an extensive level of collaboration with a number of different community partners and participation in fundraising. Because of her innate ability to lead and motivate, she has spearheaded all cancer related community outreach at the cancer institute. She has partnered with the American Cancer Society to support their Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Relay for Life, I Can Cope and Look Good Feel Better programs. She sat on the Florida Brain Tumor Association Advisory Board and spoke at national conferences for the organization. Darci was on the Board of the South County Council of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, and has served as Captain of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital team at their annual Light the Night Walk. Darci has also led the Komen Race for the Cure Team for the Lynn Cancer Institute and formulated a relationship with Gilda’s Club to enhance programs at the Institute. Through a generous donation from a local philanthropic couple Darci and her team were able to develop a new program called the CINDY Rosencrans Life Expression program at the cancer institute to provide specialized support for those with advanced cancer as well as supporting their children and family. .Her partnership with Hospice by the Sea has brought complimentary programs to cancer patients by providing drum circles, Reiki and a Care Giver support group to patients at the Institute. Darci has also volunteered at the Make A Wish Foundation. Annually, Darci leads the committee to plan and implement a Cancer Survivors Day Celebration in conjunction with National Cancer Survivors Day. One of the highlights of this event has been the creation of the “Wall of Hope”. This project was a personal mission of Darci’s that came to fruition. The Wall of Hope serves an inspiration to the many patients receiving treatment at the cancer institute.
Darci is a lifelong runner and has completed 8 marathons including Boston, New York , Chicago , Los Angeles, and Walt Disney World Marathons. In November 2010 Darci married her two passions for running and community service/fundraising to create the Patient Resource Fund at the Lynn Cancer Institute. This fund provides assistance to patients in need who are on treatment with non-clinical expenses such as gas, transportation, groceries and other incidentals. She raised over $10,000 to start the Patient Resource Fund. Darci’s most recent grass roots initiative is the first annual “Run for the Ribbons” 5K/1K run/walk at the Lynn Cancer Institute to continue to raise money for members of the community affected by cancer.
Darci has been a fundraiser and community outreach supporter, for cancer related causes throughout her career. As a resident of Boca Raton for 18 years, she is excited about the opportunity to support the George Snow Scholarship Fund and give back to her community for another worthy cause.