She and her father, Bob, attended the Dunbar House program. “A girl wanted to give Sheri a special card,” recalls Hubbard. That card was Bethany’s, and it told Sheri how much she loved her — Sheri was her hero.
“Later, Sheri, Jay Peterson (director of Marketing & Special Events) and I received tickets to a play that Bethany was dancing in; we went, and got to meet Bethany and her family.”
According to Tonia, “During the curtain call, they called Sheri to the stage and Bethany presented her with a rose. Later, they gave us tickets to a DCDC concert, and, since then, Sheri’s attended another of Bethany’s shows with the Children’s Performing Arts of Miamisburg.”
“Sparkle’s really, really good, and I was happy when I got to meet her,” said Bethany. ”She came to my performances, and I felt very proud. I remembered what she had to go through and what I had to go through, not being able to do anything for months — it made me do my therapy harder.”
“After learning about Bethany’s situation, I was definitely going to attend her performance,” said Willams, who will receive the 2014 Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Artist Award next month.
“Bethany’s ailment was so major, yet I inspired her with my little hip injury — she inspires me with her passion. She’s infectious and enjoys what’s happening right now. We text and talk often, and I have a schedule of her performances — she’s my new ‘BFF.’ ”