Midland High Dancer Needs Help Getting to London

Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - 16-year-old Amanda Cano is a dancer who doctors predicted would never hit the floor.

"When I was three, I was diagnosed with spinal bifida," she said. "They predicted that I'd be in a wheelchair when I was 20."

She's up, walking and dancing but it hasn't been an easy road.

10 spinal surgeries in hospitals from Lubbock to Dallas to Fort Worth have left her legs and back weak.

"Every time we go in, there's a chance that she'll come out not walking and doctors and nurses are always asking us: 'Is she mobile, is she mobile?'" Amanda's Aunt, Dolores Cano, said.

Not only is she mobile, Amanda's been dancing all her life and is now a captain on the Midland High School Starz Dance Team.

At a summer camp this past July, she got even bigger news after acing the tryouts to perform in this year's annual London New Year's Day Parade.

"They didn't call me until, like, third-to-last so I thought I wasn't going to get called and finally I was like 'Yes!!'" she said.

Amanda was born in England and wants to go back but to do it she'll need to come up with $4,000, $2,000 due by October 1st.

So far, some companies have given her donations totaling $600 and the family is planning a big garage sale on September 15th but they'll need more help to do it.

Amanda hopes that help will come, so she can bring her success story and the pride of the Permian Basin with her to London.

"For me to be able to do this and then get the opportunity to go to London for this dancing, it's amazing," Amanda said. "Something bad could happen any day so I really want to go."

"She has faced this since she was three years old and she just keeps fighting back," Dolores said.

That September 15th garage sale will be at two different locations, one on 5115 Blue Haven in Midland and the other at 5209 Brazos Street in Midland.

If you'd like to give to Amanda directly, money can be mailed to P.O. Box 50901, Midland, TX.