Name: Madison Emsermann
Age: 16
Dance Studio: Step South Dance Company, South Carolina
Why Madison wants to be a voice for children fighting cancer:

I would love to have the opportunity to be a voice for childhood cancer because a few years ago my absolute best friend was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer. She missed the rest of the school year and I never got to see her due to surgeries and chemotherapy. When she came back home she wasn’t the same and was always in pain. It really hurts to see someone you care about so much be in so much pain. I could not imagine what she was going through, all I could do was be there for her. I stuck by her the entire time and on November 23, 2016 she was cancer free. I would love to be able to support children fighting cancer and spread awareness through the thing I do best – dance. Because… sometimes life just gets “turned upside down.”