Jo Thompson Szymanski


Because of her contribution to line dance, most of you know Jo Thompson Szymanski and that she is now recovering from a serious medical condition.  If you would like to know more about Jo and her life, this is a link to her biography.


In this video taken at the Windy City event in the fall of 2010, Jo explains her treatment and asks... "just leave a light on for me".


Jo is now recovering.  In this recent video Jo gives an update on her progress and suggests three ways you can help:

  • Consider making a contribution to the Dancing For The Dream Fund or the Line Dance Foundation

  • If you are healthy, consider donating blood and platelets on a regular basis.

  • Consider becoming a member of the National Marrow Donor Registry For more info or to register:

Here are a couple of links from the newspaper and the TV station in Jo's hometown of Lufkin, TX.  You can follow Jo's progress on her Blog.



A little more information on the three organizations mentioned in Jo's recent video and how you can help is available below:


Dancing For the Dream. Inc., is a 501c3 non-profit corporation founded in 2003 by Ms Scooter Lee and Jo Thompson to raise awareness on health issues that plague aging adults and how they can cope or reduce these obstacles using lifestyle change and low impact line dancing.


Checks should be made out to:  Dancing For The Dream Fund.  In the "Memo/For" line on the bottom of the check please put "Jo Thompson Szymanski".  This is a "tax deductible" donation.


Dancing For The Dream Fund

PO Box 941505

Atlanta, GA 31141

1-800-531-4379 Toll Free USA / Canada


If you would like to use your credit card, you can call 1-800-531-4379 to donate and that donation will be put into the Dancing For The Dream Fund Account for Jo.


Funds left in this account after Jo's treatment will be donated to Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation and possibly other charities to be determined later.


The Line Dance Foundation is a charity originally launched by the lady of Line Dance, Betty Drummond, at The Crystal Boots Awards in 2007. The aim is to raise and distribute funds to provide practical and financial assistance to any person who has earned their living or a significant part of it through the development of line dance, and for whatever reason are no longer able to do whether temporary or permanently.


The National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP) and the Be The Match Foundation® are nonprofit organizations dedicated to creating an opportunity for all patients to receive the bone marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant they need, when they need it.  Much more information is available on the Linedancer Magazine website.