Rachel Antorino was a twelve-year-old seventh grade student at Commack Middle School in Commack, NY, when she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). AML is a very aggressive and rare type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes an abnormal amount of blood cells. People started calling her “RachelStrong” because she showed so much strength and courage throughout her 20 months of treatment. She passed away at MSKCC on August 30, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.
Rachel loved life, her family and friends. She laughed a lot and had a passion for dance and summer camp. Rachel will always be remembered for her contagious smile and enthusiastic spirit. She inspired all who met her to stay positive and live life to the fullest.
Rachel’s Dance for the Cure Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established on October 5, 2018. It was created in Rachel’s honor to raise awareness for pediatric cancer, help fund research for AML, and to financially assist families who have been impacted by this horrific disease.