This platform is being used as a form of communication to the NSAD Community with regards to Dylan Steyns' recent diagnosis of testicular cancer. As more and more people have been finding out about this situation, there has been an increasing outpour of concern and care for the Steyns Family.  A group of parents, Pip Bruce, Lorna Williams, and Karen Schafer have put together this platform of communication. This can be a space where everyone can be kept up to date and also channel their love and well-wishes. If you wish to send an email or reach out a helping hand this email address below can be used to navigate the best way to do so: steynsfamily@nsad.ca

There are a few options for those wishing to lend a helping hand: A Meal Schedule has been set up for The Steyns Family, with Dylan in and out of chemotherapy treatment and wife, Alicia, eight months pregnant,  delivering a meal can be a great way to help with the family's time management and care of health. To sign up to volunteer: click here.  A Schedule for delivery of fresh cold-pressed organic juices from Glory Juice Co, which are packed with nutrients to help support Dylan's strict health plan in his journey of recovery has also been organized. To sign up to volunteer to contribute: click here. To contribute to Dylan's supplement support, a schedule has been organized you can choose to volunteer by clicking here.

During this Dylan's of treatment, he will be sharing the Artistic Director duties on and off-site with his wife, the Programs and Communications Director, Alicia Steyns. Arrangements for the dance classes taught by Dylan Steyns are being taken care of by the trusting hands of the NSAD Faculty. While Dylan will not physically be at the studio during his treatment period, he is there in spirit every day and will pop in to visit and view classes when he can.  He is bound and determined to overcome this challenge and carry on with his usual routine as soon as possible. Fortunately, this type of cancer has a high success rate, however, it still requires a tremendously difficult road to recovery; he will be working hard to fight for good health.

Dylan has completed his third round of chemotherapy at the BC Cancer Agency and has now returned home until the beginning of February. His team of Doctors are pleased with the results Dylan has shown so far and with this positive news, we hope the results will continue. Although Dylan's immune system and strength is weakening with is chemotherapy treatment, he remains positive in his healing process. 

We will be able to provide more detailed information on Dylan's medical progress in the coming weeks. Dylan will complete his final chemotherapy session and imaging will be captured through CT Scans. We will remain positive based on the optimism of his Doctors and his continuously positive bloodwork results.

Dylan is a very resilient person both mentally and physically, he would like to ask everyone to help him out by staying strong and positive, and it is with this that keeps the NSAD community happy, safe and loving space that it is. We are overwhelmed with the kindness and care of this beautiful community. Your positive thoughts during this difficult journey have helped in so many ways. Dylan can feel the love and well wishes from everyone rooting for his strong recovery and good health - thank you! Your support in helping our family through this chapter is beyond appreciated, there aren't enough words to express our gratitude and we are forever grateful.