Each year, community leaders put on their dancing shoes in hopes of winning the title that is earned at the Dancing with Our Stars Gala. All this fun and friendly competition among participants benefits the Children’s Tumor Foundation and supports the Arkansas chapter’s research and mission: to end and find a cure for neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that disturbs cell growth in the nervous system, causing tumors to form on nerve tissue.
CTF also provides support for children and families affected by NF. A portion of the proceeds is donated for grants to send Arkansas teens to the International NF Summer Camp held at Camp Kostopulos (Camp K).
Leading up to the grand event, we’re putting each star in the spotlight and introducing them on our blog. They will compete for the dancing title and mirror ball trophy at the Sept. 7 gala, in addition to soliciting contributions + votes prior to the event.
Meet Dr. Suzanne Yee (partnered with Wesley Crocker of Beyond Ballroom)
Dr. Yee, owner of the Dr. Suzanne Yee Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Center, is a Holly Grove, Arkansas native who is passionate about medicine.
She was ranked top of her class at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where she earned her medical degree, and holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Northeast Louisiana University. She served her surgery internship and her residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at UAMS and completed a fellowship in Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Dr. Yee is a National Education Faculty Member who instructs physicians in treatment with Botox Cosmetic and Facial Fillers, teaches medical students and residents, has served on many committees and boards, is a published author and public speaker and has received numerous awards and recognition in the medical profession.
Dr. Yee’s parents immigrated from China, so she is first-generation and first in the family to take on the dance floor. She took dance lessons but hung up her dancing shoes early on and decided math and science were her forte. Now, Dr. Yee is dusting them off to help further medical research.
Dr. Yee and her husband Bill Yee have been married for 32 wonderful years and have raised two beautiful, respectful daughters: Addison, 20 and Peyton, 16. In their free time, they enjoy traveling with the girls and rooting for the Razorbacks! Dr. Yee and her family have been active members in their church and community. She is a member of the Highland Valley United Methodist Church and also has served the community as a medical correspondent on local television news stations, local publications and various charities.
Dr. Yee understands every child wants to be able to have a safe, healthy and live a full childhood and wants to contribute to increasing awareness of NF. She hopes her participation will contribute to the eventual cure of this disabling disorder. She loves a challenge and is excited to bring out her dancing shoes again for the 10th anniversary gala!