In 2013, choreographer Kyle Hanagami started his Letters of Love campaign to help raise money for cancer research. For every 10 letters that Hanagami receives, he donates $1 to research. So far, over 30,000 people have sent in letters.
This year, Hanagami had a very important announcement to make when he launched Letters of Love for 2015: In late 2014, he was diagnosed with leukemia—and the mission of Letters of Love became terrifyingly personal.
On his Instagram account, Hanagami wrote that his fingers shook as he published his latest video, Give Me Strength—that telling the world about his diagnosis made it real. Even as the dance community will rush to support him (as we try to support other community members who are going through illness or times of crisis), Hanagami has already shown that thanks to his beautiful group of dancing friends, he has strength to spare.
Check out the video below.
There's nothing we love more than a dancer who goes beyond the classroom to give back. And Kyle Hanagami's doing just that. You probably know him as the smooth-moving, super-cute hip-hop choreographer. (Remember this video?!) Well, now we're seeing a different side of him. After a recent injury sidelined him, he started thinking beyond dance and decided he wanted to make a difference in the world by raising money for cancer research.
Kyle started out by donating all of the proceeds from one of his classes to the cause—and the studio matched the amount. Inspired, he decided to take it one step further and give everyone else a chance to get involved. Enter, letters of love. Here's how you can help:
1. Write a love letter. Talk about any kind of love and decorate it however you'd like.
2. Send it:
P.O. Box 6339
North Hollywood, CA 91603
3. For every 10 letters Kyle receives, he'll donate another dollar of his own money to cancer research.
Watch Kyle talk about the whole process here:
So easy, so awesome. Now, grab some paper and get writing! Together, we can be dancers who make a difference.