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ACS names 2 Dancing 'Super-Stars'

By JOHN PFEIFER jpfeifer@paducahsun.com

For the first time in the 11-year history of the McCracken County American Cancer Society's (ACS) Dancing with our Stars, there was a tie in voting for this year's "Super Star."

A "Super Star" is an individual within the community who has battled or is currently battling cancer. This year's stars - Tammy Bohannon and Dale Hancock - have known each other for years as Bohannon attends the First Baptist Sunday School class taught by Hancock and his wife, Cathy. They were chosen by this year's 14 Dancing with our Stars celebrities.

"I'm so appreciative that it's both of us, " Bohannon said of sharing the honor with Hancock.

And while having preferred that neither had cancer, Hancock said "taking this journey together has helped provide support and encouragement."

Local ACS chapter director Lindsay Batts said she admired both "Super Stars" for staying positive and aggressively attacking their sickness.

Batts said that Bohannon's "fight like a redhead" slogan epitomizes the tenacity that she exhibits and referred to Hancock - someone she has known since attending elementary school with his sons - as "one of the nicest people I've ever met."

This year's ACS Dancing with our Stars event takes place Saturday, March 25 at the Julian Carroll Convention Center and will have a "Hollywood" theme.

Batts said there is "a pretty competitive group of (celebrities) this year" that she thinks will beat last year's fundraising total of $267,000.

Batts said there will be "surprise out-of-town performers" who will kick off the evening festivities. She also said catered food will come from five area restaurants this year rather than just one.

"Dale and Tammy will have time that night to share the story of their cancer journey from the beginning and have the chance to thank their friends and those who have supported them."

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