A dance, a song and an unbreakable bond

Tessas and JordanIt’s funny how certain people are drawn to one another. For 18-year-old Jordan Belous of New York and 9-year-old Tessa Prothero of Royal Oak, it was cancer of all things along and a hit pop song and dance that laid the foundation for an unbreakable bond.

In 2015, Belous was a 16-year-old living in New York, working as a counselor at a camp for children with cancer. She was tired of watching kids die.

So she decided to do something. Inspired by the hit song “Watch Me” (also known as “Whip” or the “Nae Nae”) by the artist Silento, Belous decided to make a video of herself doing the “Nae Nae.” She posted her 14-second video on social media with a challenge: She wanted others to do the same, but with the hashtag #WhipPediatricCancer.

The video went viral. Today, there are more than 7,000 #WhipPediatricCancer videos and Belous has raised more than $100,000 for pediatric cancer research through her nonprofit.

For Tessa, Belous’s campaign was incredibly personal. She was fighting neuroblastoma, an aggressive type of cancer that develops from immature nerve cells and most commonly affects kids under 5. She met Belous in 2015 while she was in New York with her family for treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital.

To read the full story about Jordan and Tessa, visit the original article from The Detroit News.

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