What a beautiful tribute. Earlier this week, Life & Style reported that Dance Moms alum Abby Lee Miller was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma— a form of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma — after being hospitalized for paralysis of the neck down. As expected, her fans and loved ones — including Sarah Hunt and her mother, Christy Hunt — are doing whatever they can to support her. The mother-daughter duo exclusively opened up to Life & Style about how the Abby Lee Dance Company elite competition team paid tribute to the former instructor at a recent competition.
While competing in Pittsburgh over the weekend, the 12-year-old and her teammates — Maddie, 14, Erica, 16, Alaina, 12, and Christina, 14 — "proudly danced together wearing #AbbysArmy Ribbons" and dedicated "their entire competition to the ALDC and Miss Abby’s fight against Burkitt’s lymphoma," Christy and Sarah told Life & Style. The girls placed first overall in the Teen Division under the direction of Miss Abby and Gianna Martello.
"The ALDC Legacy lives on and the amazing winners — and the talent that Miss Abby and Miss Gianna Martello produce will never, ever be stopped," they continued. "Abby's army will march onward across the country in steadfast prayer and total support of the real Abby Lee Miller, proving to the world that the best has yet to come!"
Sarah and Christy have always spoken out in support of Abby, though other stars of the Lifetime reality series didn't have the best relationship with her. Chloe Lukasiak abruptly left the show after "her old teacher" gave her a tough time amid her own health woes, while Kelly Hyland found herself in a legal jam after a physical fight with Abby.
Despite the drama in Abby’s past, the 51-year-old is currently focused on her recovery and getting her health back on track. The star recently had surgery, but she will most likely need further medical treatment. "Depending on the tumor type, depending on the sensitivity of the tumor — it just depends the type, but I feel more than yes, she will undergo chemotherapy or radiation," Dr. Hooman M. Melamed, Abby's orthopedic spine surgeon from Cedar Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital, told People.
Abby recently took to Instagram to share her gratitude for the medical team who finally diagnosed her. "So much gratitude and love for those who listened, those who looked deeper and those who leapt into action," she wrote alongside the bedridden selfie shown above. "So much more I wish I could say about how quickly your life can change at the hands of others."
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