Though Simon passed away in 2012 after a battle with leukemia, his wife, Gretta, is carrying on his legacy with Line Dance for Leukemia, an upcoming fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
“This’ll be the first, and I’m hoping the first annual, Line Dance for Leukemia event,” Gretta said. “I’m expecting, hopefully, a good turnout, and most importantly, it’s just to come together to raise awareness, to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and just dance with a purpose and have fun with it.”
A life well-lived
Victor — also known by his stage name Vic Danger — lived in Kingsport for many years before moving to Nashville to pursue his music career. Locally, he performed at Fun Fest’s Rhythm in Riverview and was recognized by former Kingsport Mayor Dennis Phillips for his involvement with and contributions to the community, Gretta said.
In December 2011, Victor was diagnosed with leukemia, a cancer of the body’s blood-forming tissues. He received treatment for several months in Nashville, Gretta said, but he passed away in August 2012.
Since that time, Gretta has partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to raise awareness of the disease. She’s also formed the Vic Danger Legacy Team, in partnership with New Vision Youth, to continue her husband’s passion for inspiring others.
The fundraiser begins
Gretta and her husband discovered line dancing after moving to Nashville. Even after her husband’s death, Gretta used line dancing as a way to socialize with friends, make new ones and maintain her physical and mental health.
Recently she suggested a line dancing fundraiser to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which voiced its support. From there, Line Dance for Leukemia was born.
The fundraiser will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, at 5 p.m. at the Riverview Community Center on Wheatley Street. A $5 donation will be requested at the door, and the event is open to both beginners and advanced line dancers.
Several line dancers, as well as square and round dancers, will be on hand to lead the event, including O.G. Shanksta, Denise “Niecy” Bond Huffman, the Eastman Recreation Round Dance Club, Dena McConnell with Young at Heart and Bill Restall with the Mountain City Square Dance Club.
“If you want to wear your Western gear, your hat, your boots, that will be just fine,” Gretta said. “We want to have fun, and we want to do something with a meaning as well.”
To make an online donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, visit donate.lls.org/lls/donate. For more information, call Gretta Simon at (615) 238-7841 or Johnnie Mae Swagerty at (423) 429-7553.