Couple Set up Charitable Dance Team after Recovering from Cancer

December 27, 2018  Editor: Wang Qian
Couple Set up Charitable Dance Team after Recovering from Cancer
Li Shihua and Huang Jianfang [] 


A couple from Dezhou, east China's Shandong Province, has helped people through a dance team they established after recovering from cancer, according to a recent profile.

Li Shihua and Huang Jianfang are husband and wife.

In 2002, Li, diagnosed with lung cancer, had to undergo surgery and receive chemotherapy. In order not to affect her husband, Huang never showed the slightest hint of weakness but rather shed her tears quietly in private. 

However, she still sensed that her husband's mental state went from bad to worse. 

To help her husband, she encouraged him to go for a walk with her every day. On weekends, they visited Changhe Park in the city by motorcycle to enjoy the beautiful scenery there. Thanks to her encouragement, her husband gradually cheered up and fully recovered in 2003.

However, little did they imagine that the same misfortune would befall the wife. At the end of 2004, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and her disease was more serious than that of her husband. 

When her friends came to see her in hospital, she cried in front of them, deeply worried that who would take care of her husband if she died. 

It was now her husband's turn to look after her. He kept her company through each chemotherapy, exercise and reexamination session. If she had no appetite for food, her husband would cook something new for her without any complaints.  

Luckily, she won the battle against the disease in 2006. 

In 2008, the two joined the city's cancer rehabilitation society and started to take part in charitable activities for cancer patients. 

It happened that one day when they were taking a walk in the park, they saw some people dancing energetically, they therefore came up with the idea of setting up their own dance team. 

They put their idea into action quickly. After buying a hi-fi and downloading some music, they started to dance in the park regularly, which attracted many other cancer patients. 

Many of them were dispirited in the beginning, but they regained their vitality after dancing for several days, according to the couple. 

Nearly 10 years have passed since the year the dance team was established. Aside from patients, many healthy citizens also dance together with them. At 7:30 p.m. every day, the couple leads people to dance in Changhe Park. 

"Those who had learnt of our life experiences fighting cancer would sometimes say that they admire us for our optimistic attitude. We seem to lead a healthier life through dance," said Huang. 

In 2018, Huang and her husband went to a hospital in Beijing along with other members of the city's cancer rehabilitation society to learn a set of hand clapping exercises designed to improve physical condition. 

After returning to their city, they shared the exercise with some other cancer patients, some of whom were glad to find their sleep improved after taking the exercise. 

"We have been recovered for over 10 years, and are now leading a fulfilled and happy life. We are hoping to help more people improve their lives," said Huang. 

(Source: Xinhua/Translated and edited by Women of China

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