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Calgary dancer dies after hard fought battle with brain cancer

Calgary's dance community is mourning the loss of Rochelle Gartner after the longtime dance teacher lost her fight against glioblastoma this week at the young age of 46.

Rochelle Gartner, a leader in the dance community, raised funds for cancer research

Meet the Calgarian dancing her way through terminal brain cancer

2 years ago
Duration 2:23
Rochelle Gartner was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme but is not allowing it to make her miss a single step. She speaks about her fortitude and legacy as her dance community prepares for an upcoming fundraiser for the next part of our Local Legends series. 2:23

Calgary's dance community is mourning the loss of Rochelle Gartner after the longtime dance teacher lost her fight against glioblastoma this week at the young age of 46.

"It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our loving Rochelle Gartner-Primiterra," the Facebook page Rochelle's ARMY posted after she died on Aug. 23.

WATCH | See how she continued to do what she loved, even after her diganosis, in the video above

A funeral service for Rochelle Gartner has been planned for Aug. 31. Friends and family are encouraged to make a donation to the fight against cancer in lieu of flowers. (Rochelle’s ARMY/Facebook)

When Gartner wasn't dancing or teaching others how, she could often be found organizing dance competitions to raise money for cancer research.

"They haven't come up with a new treatment plan for glioblastoma since 2005. So, I needed to do something," Gartner told CBC Calgary in May 2020 as she handed over a cheque for $14,200 to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.

Gartner was diagnosed in 2019 with Stage 4 glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive form of brain cancer. She underwent emergency brain surgery that June and received many rounds of chemotherapy.

More than $14,000 was raised from a dance competition hosted by Rochelle Gartner, who was battling a rare form of brain cancer, in February 2020. (Terri Trembath/CBC )

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