May 12, 2013 8:18 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Childhood cancer survivor tells her story of survival in new dance film

A local childhood cancer survivor is making her way to the big screen.

Nipomo High School graduate, Melinda Marchiano, just celebrated five years of remission. Now, she's sharing her story through her new role in "Dance in Flight: The Film."

"Dance literally saved my life. I wouldn't have found my cancer if I hadn't been dancing at the time, and I hadn't been exerting myself at a high level. That's how we found out that I had a mass. It was making it difficult for me to breathe when I danced," said Marchiano.

The film tells the stories of nine dancers from Pepperdine University's Dance Company.

Melinda was cast as one of the principal dancers in the film. She'll be dancing and sharing her personal story of survival and advocacy.

"I get the opportunity to share how dance has helped me through cancer, and there are a bunch of great stories of how people have found themselves through dance," Marchiano said, "everyone needs something, or multiple things, that they're passionate about, or that they love and keeps them going through those difficult times in life, and for me, one of those things was dance."

Filming begins July 1st in Malibu.

When the film is finished, it will be submitted to several film festivals.



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