In just over a week, one of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook School shooting would have turned 10 years old.
It will mark a tough time for the family of Ana Grace Marquez-Greene.
That’s why they said they’re relying on the community to celebrate her life and love of music and dance.
Brittney Crush, a singer, said she never knew Ana herself.
It turned out, however, that they were connected through music.
"I remember very, very clearly the day that I heard about [the shooting],” Crush said.
Crush said she remembered Ana’s father, Jimmy Greene. He had taught a masters class she attended at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts.
"I think that if you do have a gift, that it's important to bring more to that, to use that gift as a voice,” she said.
This year, she was asked to use that voice at the Dance for Ana with Love event.
It started just months after the Dec. 2012 tragedy as a Zumba-thon, honoring even knowing the Marquez-Green family at first.
"We need to continue to honor the legacy of this little girl who had such a profound impact on this world, even though she was here for just six years,” said Tracey Butler, Dance for Ana with Love.
Jimmy Greene said people like this are what help them get through each day.
"There's so many more good people in the world, decent, kind generous loving, than there are evil,” he said.
He said this time of year, those people are needed more than ever.
"This is a horrible time of year,” Jimmy Greene said. “It's, you know, Ana would be 10 years old. The thoughts are always ‘what would she be doing now? How would she look? How tall would she be?’ And every moment of every day those thoughts are there, and we miss her so much. So it's good we have people to help shoulder the load for us during this time."
The fourth annual Dance for Ana with Love fundraising event is set for Saturday April 2 at the CREC Medical Professions & Teacher Preparation Academy in New Britain. It runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A full day of events costs $25 for a family four pack, $8 for an individual, $5 for students with a student ID and free for children under the age of 3.
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