FAYARD NICHOLAS PASSED AWAY
BACKGROUND OF THE FUNDDEDICATED TO DANCERS EVERYWHERE
Whose Lives Have Been Touched The Nicholas Brothers.
PURPOSE OF THE FUND:
To Say "Thank You, Fayard"
After legendary tap dancer, Fayard Nicholas, suffered a stroke on November 22, 2005, I set up an emergency relief fund for dancers and dance fans to help one of the most beloved dancers of all time -- Fayard Nicholas and his loving wife Katherine.
Since 1930, Fayard - along with his younger brother Harold as the famed Nicholas Brothers - worked as one of the most successful, popular, ground breaking, and dazzling dance acts in world history.
Since the death of his younger brother several years ago, Fayard was been receiving fewer and fewer work invitations to appear at festivals and dance events, and thus his income suffered a severe decline. His beautiful wife of six years, Katherine, has been full-time wife, friend, nurse, cook, and care taker to Fayard. Katherine was been unable to leave him for work outside of their home because he had been suffering from fainting spells and other health issues.
Fayard's Social Security and Pension benefits covered the rent of their one-bedroom apartment... but that was it. Time marches on, the bills kept coming in, but the jobs did not.
I realized that it was time for us to step in and help. This man has given us so much joy and inspiration over our lifetimes, here is an opportunity, an honor to give back to him.
Through all your gifts, together we raised enough money for them to get out of debt and enough money in the bank to cover the medical expenses that came at the end.
My dream now is to leave Katherine, Fayard's amazing wife, and my long-time friend, with enough money in the bank so that she should not have to worry for some time while she deals with the present, and prepares for this new stage in her life. She is young, beautiful, with the most amazing heart, but this new time for her will be so very challenging. After being a caregiver for eight years, she now has the job of taking care of herself. Let's help, and let her know that she is loved for herself and what she has done for the man we all cared so much about. If you would like to make a donation to her future, I am leaving the Fund open for the time being.
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