‘Cancer Dancer’ waltzes to win at Suncoast Emmy Awards
Patricia San Pedro’s documentary The Cancer Dancer recently won a Suncoast Emmy Award in the documentary category at the 36th Annual Suncoast Emmy Awards ceremony.
This marks the fourth Emmy for Ms. San Pedro, a cancer survivor who lives in Coral Gables.
Her production, public relations and communications company San Pedro Productions co-produced the documentary with Discovery and Imagina U.S.
“This is reality TV on steroids! Well, actually — on chemo,” laughs Ms. San Pedro. “I’m proud of all my Emmys but this one means the most since it represents my own breast cancer healing journey and my desire to help others.
“I started videotaping four hours after hearing the words, ‘You have cancer’ because I intuitively felt that I was meant to help others through my own dance with cancer. I was patient, talent, director, camerawoman and producer … all wrapped up into one. Through my double mastectomy, 17 sessions of chemotherapy and several reconstruction procedures, the camera never stopped rolling.”
Discovery Familia in the United States and Discovery Home & Health in Latin America aired the documentary during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month.
The special follows the real life story of Patricia San Pedro, a successful executive with a thriving career whose life was turned upside down after being diagnosed with breast cancer, a fate suffered by her young mom, Daisy, 20 years prior. But Pat turned it around and used her dance with cancer to help others by creating a health and wellness community called Positively Pat.
Ms. San Pedro dedicated her Emmy Award, which was presented Dec. 1, to the Positively Pat support group she created called The Link of Hope Sistas. Group members are courageous women who’ve heard the words, “You have cancer” and have chosen to dance their way through it in joy. Together they empower, educate, encourage and inspire others who will dance their way through breast cancer.
You can see a nine-minute highlight reel of Ms. San Pedro’s documentary here: Positively Pat’s Breast Cancer Journey: A Story Of Survival – YouTube
To learn more about her and her group, visit www.PositivelyPat.com, on Facebook at Positively Pat and on Twitter at Pat San Pedro.