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SwedishAmerican cancer patient dances ahead of surgery

Rena Williams is an Ultrasound Technician at SwedishAmerican and is also a breast cancer patient.
Published: Mar. 31, 2021 at 10:42 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A Rockford woman believes the best way to beat cancer is to become a dancer.

Rena Williams is an Ultrasound Technician at SwedishAmerican and is also a breast cancer patient. A lump was discovered in Williams’ right breast last August that ended up being cancerous. She’s been through 16 rounds of chemotherapy and to get herself through chemo, Rena has been dancing.

Since her surgery is early Thursday morning, the hospital blocked off the front circle at the hospital for Rena to do a 15 minute choreographed dance. Friends, family and staff were there to cheer Rena on and join in on the dancing.

“I had to learn to dance every week because it was the one distracting me from thinking about chemo,” Williams said. “Then my co-workers, my family, my friends, they would all be asking, ‘What’s your next dance? I can’t wait to see it.’ So it was really just energizing me, helping me get through chemo.”

Williams has danced to all different kinds of music. In fact, the first one she and her husband choreographed was ‘Rappers Delight’ by Sugarhill Gang. Her favorite was ‘Thriller’ at Halloween.

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