Can you remember your first ballet or tap shoes? How thrilling it was to put on the costume for your first dance performance?
Mimi Coomler, CEO of Children’s Clinics and former director of Women’s and Children’s Services at Tucson Medical Center, has no such memories. Coomler never took dance lessons as a child nor as an adult, at least not until recently. “Dance is brand new to me – I have never taken a single lesson before this. It has been an amazing experience. Learning to tango has been an opportunity to be vulnerable and try something completely new. While it is scary, it is also exhilarating.”
In just a few short weeks Coomler steps out onto the dance floor in front of an audience of 500 and tangos to raise money for a cause close to her heart: the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona.
We asked Coomler just what it was about this cause that persuaded her to step way outside her comfort zone and commit considerable time to practice after a very full day at the clinic, “The Children’s Clinics (where I work) is so fortunate to be a Diaper Bank distribution site. The Diaper Bank helps us fulfill our mission of supporting the special needs of children families who are dealing with complex health care needs.” By having distribution sites, like the Children’s Clinics, across southern Arizona the Diaper Bank helps close the diaper gap where those with diaper needs are. Like Children’s Clinics, the distribution sites reflect a much more complex and wider need than the general population often considers from the very young, to the medically compromised, to the elderly, the Diaper Bank serves all age groups.
The annual Dancing With Our Stars fundraiser is based on the wildly popular ABC series “Dancing with the Stars,” but Coomler swears she isn’t looking at the current series for inspiration, “I have not been watching the current season of Dancing with the Stars, but I have watched many of the tango performances from years passed on YouTube. The level of dancing can be intimidating to watch, but my teacher reminds me they practice eight hours per day.”
When she considers who is her biggest challenger among the fellow contestants, she singles out TMC Chief of Staff J. Manny Arreguin, M.D., with El Rio OB/GYN Associates. “I think Dr Arreguin is a real contender. He’s been practicing hard and I know he believes in the mission of the Diaper Bank. My strategy is to practice hard and pack sequins onto my dress to sparkle my way to the win.”
“My instructor, Miro Tymosiak, is fantastic and he corrects me – often – as I am learning. My kids have been to a few lessons, and they think it’s hilarious that I get scolded occasionally – just like they do.”
Show Mimi and the Diaper Bank your support with a vote for Mimi and Miro. Each vote costs just $10 and along with the prestige it brings to the winning dance couple, the Diaper Bank is able to distribute $30 worth of incontinence supplies to the most vulnerable members of our community.
Tucson Medical Center is the proud title sponsor of the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona’s Dancing With Our Stars.