About Us

Our Story & Mission

Breanna&Marsha_cropMy name is Marsha Ovitz and Breanna was my granddaughter. She was bright, determined and full of fun. She loved to chitty chat about stuff, she loved to learn, she loved to play dress up, and she loved to suck her thumb. She loved to boss her brothers around, she loved shoes, she loved pink and she loved to dance. When Breanna was 3, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and she spent a lot of time in the hospital. One of the things that always put a smile on her face was going to the playroom, putting on tap shoes and dancing. She was so sad when she had to go back to her room and leave the shoes behind. And this is where the idea for our program began.

Breanna’s Gift is an arts program offering dance, visual art, music and theater classes and workshops for children with cancer and other serious illnesses. All children in our dance classes receive their own pair of tap shoes and costumes for class and to take with them. We cover the cost of professional teachers, dance shoes, costumes and art and music supplies. Classes are free to all participants and to the facilities where our program is held. Another integral part of our program is Art TakeoutTM, individual art classes in a box for kids too sick to join group classes. Art Takeout projects are also sent to several hospitals outside the Twin Cities area, expanding our ability to provide an arts experience to more seriously ill children.

Breanna gave us her love and her joy and we are hoping to do the same by putting smiles on sad faces.

If you like the idea of helping very sick children escape through the magic of the arts, perhaps you will consider some of the many ways you can support our program.

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About Us

Breanna’s Gift is an arts program offering dance, art, music and theater classes for children with cancer and other serious illnesses. We cover the cost of professional teachers, dance shoes, costumes and art and music supplies.

Breanna’s Gift was established as a non-profit organization in the State of Minnesota in January 2008 and our 501(c)3 status with the IRS was received in July 2008. The Breanna’s Gift program is consistent with the requirements established by medical professionals overseeing each child’s care.