Cierra's TODAY Show Adventure

January 31, 2018
Topics: Donors, Riley Kid Story, Cancer (oncology)

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Riley kid Cierra McCauley on NBC's TODAY with Meghan Trainor.

It was quite an unforgettable experience for Riley cancer survivor and competitive dancer Cierra McCauley from Elizabethtown, Ind., when she appeared on NBC's TODAY to celebrate her extraordinary efforts to help other children. 

Cierra launched the “Dancer Beating Cancer” social media dance challenge last fall with a goal of raising $100,000 in support of Riley Pediatric Research. We hope you will consider clicking here to make a gift. Cierra still needs your help to reach her goal! 

Cierra’s movement has swept across the globe, with more than 250 dance videos posted by individuals and groups including NFL and NBA dance teams and Broadway theatre companies. We asked Cierra to share some inside scoop about her experience on TODAY, which included a surprise visit from one of her heroes, pop artist Meghan Trainor.

Q: What was your reaction when you found out you were going to be on the TODAY Show?
A: Excited, but at first I thought Dad was joking with me!

Q: Tell us about the day you met with the TODAY show crew in New York City – what were some of the best moments leading up to the big moment?
A: The Today Show team picked us up at 9a.m. for breakfast. They took us to a singing restaurant called Ellen's Stardust―a must-do if you go to NYC. After breakfast we went to the American Girl Doll store. At noon the car picked us up and took us to the dance studio.

Q: What did it feel like when they hit you with the big surprise―meeting Meghan Trainor?
A: At first I was in shock, I couldn't even speak. Meghan is such an amazing woman and a true inspiration. 

Q: What are your hopes for what happens next with the Dancer Beating Cancer fundraising movement?
A: I hope it continues to grow and spread. We will keep up the work to promote the cause. One of our family goals is to appear on The Ellen Show.

Q: Why are you so passionate about raising money for Riley research?
A: Because if it wasn't for Riley Hospital I may not be here to tell my story. There is something about the research lab and the researchers. After I spent a day with them last year, I was intrigued about what they do and the passion they have. Plus since Riley is now in the top 10 of all pediatric research programs, if Riley finds a cure, it will get shared all over the world. 

Click here to watch Cierra’s story featured on TODAY.  

To learn more or to donate in support of Cierra, visit

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