WESLEY CHAPEL- There are a lot of ways to raise money for cancer research, “Skate For Hope” is a figure skating fundraising show with both amateur and professional skaters as part of the cast.

Cancer survivor Carolyn Bongirno created the show in 2004 after battling stage three breast cancer.

The show honors those who have lost their lives, and celebrate the cancer survivors still with us.

19-year -old Isabella Ramirez was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer when she was 17but a year after finishing treatment; Ramirez relapsed and needed a bone marrow to save her life.

She’s not the only team member with a story of survival.

9-year-old Kayleigh Kazmierczak was diagnosed with B cell leukemia when she was just 5 years old.

Olympic skater Emily Huges, Mark Ladwig and Amanda Evora are some of the headliners who participated in the show.

Skate for hope has proudly raised over $575,000 dollars for cancer research.

The gold team routine was choreographed by Ice Sports Forum coach Alexis Vliet.

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Krystel Knowles
Krystel Knowles joined SNN in February of 2016. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelors in Mass Communications and minors in News Editorial and Telecommunication Production. Krystel is trilingual- fluent in Spanish, English and French (and picked up some Portuguese while studying abroad in Brazil). Krystel started her career in print journalism. She was a correspondent for the St. Pete Times Newspaper, staff writer for Focus Magazine, and head reporter and photographer for South Tampa community news publication. In 2011, she made the switch from print to broadcast journalism. She has since worked as a photojournalist for Fox 35 in Orlando, and also as a photojournalist/multimedia journalist for ABC action news in Tampa. Although she was born in Tampa, Krystel moved to New Port Beach, California within a few months. She then spent 8 years in Lima, Peru before moving to Miami, Florida. While living in Peru, Krystel danced at the National School of Ballet and sang in a choir. Her passion for ballet led Krystel to figure skating in 2015. Her other hobbies include: skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, and traveling.