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Joedance Film Festival announces 2021 Films selected/12th-annual festival runs virtually Aug.5-7, 2021

CHARLOTTE, NC (July 7, 2021) –Joedance Film Festival, which for the second consecutive year is making a strategic pivot in wake of COVID-19, will present a virtual festival of 25 short films selected for the Joedance Virtual Film Festival, August 5-7, 2021.

Joedance Virtual Film Festival will stream Thursday-Saturday (Aug. 5-7), 7:30-10:30 p.m., and Saturday afternoon, for student films, 2-3 p.m. Tickets, which start at $30 (students screenings Saturday afternoon) and $30 (individual evening screenings) and $100 (all-access passes), can be purchased through the following link on the Joedance website.

https://www.joedance_org_173_231_242_82.workshop.theinternet.host/tickets

The 2021 Joedance Virtual Film Festival selections, which consists of films from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee, are as follows:

This is the running order of films each night. The start times include a brief Q & A session with the filmmakers from the previous film. *Films are suitable for mature audiences only.* Films will be available to view for 24 hours from the 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. start times.

Thursday, August 5th: 7:30 p.m.

Opening Remarks

Film 1: The Casserole Brigade (12:27) (Director B. Rain Bennett, Durham, N.C.)

Film 2: Liar (9:25) (Director Brady Jacquin, Asheville, N.C.)

Film 3: The Hunt (8:10) (Director Rachael Silberman, Cary, N.C.)

Film 4.: Grave Talk (10:40) (Director Andrew Huggins, Harrisburg, N.C.)

Film 5: Strays (21:00) (Director Jerry Keys, Statesville, N.C.)

Film 6.: Time After Time (3:47) (Director Travis Karr, Charlotte, N.C.)

Friday, August 6th:

7:30 p.m.: Opening Remarks

Film 1: LIV (12:59) (Director Eden Lee, Indian Trail, N.C.)

Film 2: REAL (5:00) (Director Maria Forsythe, Austin, Texas)

Film 3: Gift (8:26) (Director Vince Eisenson, Silver Spring, Md.)

Film 4: …And Then the Darkness (13:30) (Director Andrew Huggins, Harrisburg, N.C.)

Film 5: The Session (4:39) (Directors John Mancuso, Matt Fore and Jordy Whetsell, Johnson City, Tenn.)

Film 6: The Perfect Shot (1:20) (Director Jeremy Camp, Pasadena, Calif.)

Saturday (afternoon), August 7th (Student Films):

2:00 p.m. Opening Remarks

Film 1: You Know His Name (9:58) (Director Clarke Phillips, Greensboro, N.C.)

Film 2: Tiger Blanket (7:19) (Director Caro Knight, Huntersville, N.C.)

Film 3: Jazmin (12:37) (Director Jo Hatcher, Raleigh, N.C.)

Film 4: Annie’s Voice (13:35) (Director David Smith, Franklin, Tenn.)

Film 5: Ruby Days (16:00) (Director Noah Wong, Burlington, Mass.)

Film 6: Mundance (4:34) (Director Abby Davenport, Charlotte, NC)

Film 7: Origin (5:31) (Director Katherine Sisak, Denver, N.C.)

8:00 p.m.: Opening Remarks

Film 1: Peggy (12:00) (Director Justin O’Neal Miller, Thousand Oaks, Calif.)

Film 2: Writer’s Block (19:58) (Director Daniel Hamby, Charlotte, N.C.)

Film 3: The Astronaut (9:58) (Director Joey Connolley, Wilmington, N.C.)

Film 4: Possessive Nature (4:00) (Director Rachael Silberman, Cary, N.C.)

Film 5: The Deal (11:47) (Director Jeremy Carr, Charlotte, N.C.)

Film 6: Fishermen (0:34) (Director Daniel Leon, Thousand Oaks, Calif.)

Joedance offers three different ways to view the Virtual Festival:

Joedance Film Festival Virtual Passes

August 5-7, 2021

Evening Screenings (start time 7:30 p.m.)

Saturday Afternoon (start time 2 p.m.)

Individual Evening and or Student film tickets

$30 Individual Passes:

● Thursday August 5 Virtual Pass

● Friday August 6 Virtual Pass

● Saturday August 7 Virtual Pass (Student Film Afternoon)

● Saturday August 7 Virtual Pass

$100 All Access Passes for the 12th Annual Joedance Film Festival

All Access Passes

● Thursday August 5, Friday August 6, Saturday August 7 (Student Film Afternoon),

Saturday August 7

PATRON DONORS

3 Patron Donor Packages- $1,000, $500, and $250

Giving Level: $1,000

● Name listing on Joedance Film Festival website as “Patron Donor”

● Name listing within Joedance Film Festival program as “Patron Donor”

● Name listing on Joedance Film Festival video scroll marquee within the Festival Run of Show

6 All Access Passes for the 12th Annual Joedance Film Festival, August 5-7, 2021

Giving Level: $500

● Name listing on Joedance Film Festival website as “Patron Donor”

● Name listing within Joedance Film Festival program as “Patron Donor”

● Name listing on Joedance Film Festival video scroll marquee within the Festival Run of Show

4 All Access Passes for the 12th Annual Joedance Film Festival, August 5 – 7, 2021

Giving Level: $250

● Name listing on Joedance Film Festival website as “Patron Donor”;

● Name listing within Joedance Film Festival program as “Patron Donor”

● Name listing on Joedance Film Festival video scroll marquee within the Festival Run of Show

2 All Access Passes for the 12th Annual Joedance Film Festival, August 5 – 7, 2021

Joedance, which includes the annual film festival during the first full weekend in August and related events year-round, honors the memory of Joe Restaino by raising funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research at Atrium Health Levine Children’s. The family chose a film festival to honor Joe Restaino because of his love of movies.

Joedance supports research and clinical trials for pediatric sarcomas, blastomas and brain tumors.

To date, Joedance has donated more than $255,000 to Atrium Health Levine Children’s in 10 years, including $50,000 in 2020.

Joedance Film Festival Submissions
Joedance Film Festival annually showcases short and feature-length films. Eligible filmmakers have to:

*reside in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia or Tennessee;

*be originally from North, Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia or Tennessee;

or

*be connected to North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia or Tennessee (films, cast or crew).

To donate to Joedance, visit www.joedance.org, or mail contributions directly to: Joedance Film Festival, 301 W. 10th Street, Unit 407, Charlotte, NC 28202.

Joe Restaino
Joe Restaino died of osteosarcoma on January 8, 2010, at the age of 20. A resident of Fourth Ward in Charlotte, Restaino graduated with high honors and was a varsity swimmer at The McCallie School in Chattanooga in 2008 before moving on to the University of Pennsylvania. He was treated for the first occurrence of the disease in 2006 during his high school sophomore year. The cancer recurred in 2008 during his senior year at The McCallie School. The third recurrence of his cancer happened his freshman year at Penn. Joe withdrew from school to be with his family.

During the 2008 graduation ceremony at McCallie – which Joe Restaino was able to attend between cancer treatments – he received the Campbell Award, one of the school’s highest honors, voted on by the student body. In 2007, Joe Restaino established the Bone Cancer Awareness Walk at The McCallie School and continued to raise money for pediatric cancer research. (That walk is now held jointly with Girls Preparatory School of Chattanooga and has been renamed Mission: Remission.) In August 2010, eight months after Joe’s death, his family established the Joedance Film Festival to support the research and clinical trials for rare pediatric cancer at Atrium Health Levine Children’s.

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Joedance Film Festival to go Virtual again in 2021/COVID-19 concerns require a second year online

CHARLOTTE, NC (May 28, 2021)– Joedance Film Festival is making a safety decision and will present a virtual festival August 5-7, 2021, as the effects of COVID-19 will keep the 12-year-old event from returning to the Charlotte Ballet for the second consecutive year. The plan is to return to Charlotte Ballet for the 2022 Festival.

“We started 2021 with such high hopes that we could gather in-person this year,” said Joedance Founder and President Diane Restaino. “Those hopes were dashed as the dates of the festival inched closer. To keep our community safe, Joedance Film Festival will remain virtual this year. You still will be able to enjoy three evenings and one afternoon of incredible films August 5 – 7, 2021.”

Added Restaino: “As disappointing as this is, we feel that it is the best decision for Joedance Film Festival, our filmmakers, sponsors and supporters. It won’t be the same as being together at the Charlotte Ballet, but we promise Joedance remains focused on our community, our mission and our vision.”

Joedance Film Festival ticket information follows:

Virtual Pass Information

https://www.joedance_org_173_231_242_82.workshop.theinternet.host/tickets

Single Day Pass: $30

1 Single Day Pass for one selected screening of the 12th Annual Joedance Film Festival, August

5-7, 2021

Student Selections Pass: $30

1 Pass for a student film screening that happens only on Saturday afternoon (before the main

showings that evening).

All Access Pass: $100

1 All Access Pass for the 12th Annual Joedance Film Festival, August 5-7, 2021

Patron Donor Giving Level: $250

2 All Access Passes, 1 for you and 1 for your guest for the 12th Annual Joedance Film Festival,

August 5 – 7, 2021

Patron Donor Giving Level: $500

4 All Access Passes, 1 for you and 3 for your guests for the 12th Annual Joedance Film Festival,

August 5 – 7, 2021

Patron Donor Giving Level: $1,000

6 All Access Passes, 1 for you and 5 for your guests for the 12th Annual Joedance Film Festival,

August 5-7, 2021

Proceeds from Joedance Virtual Film Festival will be donated to Atrium Health Levine Children’s to benefit rare pediatric cancer research. The festival will feature short films created by filmmakers with a connection to North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and/or Tennessee.

*All events suitable for mature audiences only.*

Joedance continues to ride a wave of expansion as it celebrates its 12th anniversary, donating $50,000 to Atrium Health Levine Children’s in 2020. Joedance, which includes the annual film festival during the first full weekend in August and related events year-round, honors the memory of Joe Restaino by raising funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research at Atrium Health Levine Children’s through an annual film festival featuring directors, producers, writers and actors who share a connection with the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. The family chose a film festival to honor Joe Restaino because of his love of movies.

Joedance supports research and clinical trials for pediatric sarcomas, blastomas and brain tumors.

To date, Joedance has donated more than $255,000 to Atrium Health Levine Children’s in 11 years, including $50,000 in 2020.

Joedance Film Festival Submissions
Joedance Film Festival annually showcases short and feature-length films. Eligible filmmakers have to:

*reside in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia or Tennessee;

*be originally from North, Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia or Tennessee;

or

*be connected to North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia or Tennessee (films, cast or crew).

To donate to Joedance, visit www.joedance_org_173_231_242_82.workshop.theinternet.host, or mail contributions directly to: Joedance Film

Festival, 301 W. 10th Street, Unit 407, Charlotte, NC 28202.

Joe Restaino
Joe Restaino died of osteosarcoma on January 8, 2010, at the age of 20. A resident of Fourth Ward in Charlotte, Restaino graduated with high honors and was a varsity swimmer at The McCallie School in Chattanooga in 2008 before moving on to the University of Pennsylvania. He was treated for the first occurrence of the disease in 2006 during his high school sophomore year. The cancer recurred in 2008 during his senior year at The McCallie School. The third recurrence of his cancer happened his freshman year at Penn. Joe withdrew from school to be with his family.

During the 2008 graduation ceremony at McCallie – which Joe Restaino was able to attend between cancer treatments – he received the Campbell Award, one of the school’s highest honors, voted on by the student body. In 2007, Joe Restaino established the Bone Cancer Awareness Walk at The McCallie School and continued to raise money for pediatric cancer research. (That walk is now held jointly with Girls Preparatory School of Chattanooga and has been renamed Mission: Remission.) In August 2010, eight months after Joe’s death, his family established the Joedance Film Festival to support the research and clinical trials for rare pediatric cancer at Atrium Health Levine Children’s.

Joedance plays key role in Levine Children’s innovative CyTOF Machine

CHARLOTTE, NC (March 9, 2021) – Joedance Film Festival, the 12-year organization that has contributed more than $255,000 to Atrium Health Levine Children’s, is now funding a Lab Technician to operate a very specialized piece of equipment, a CyTOF machine, which will speed up the process of studying effects of inflammation on cancer cells as it relates treatment outcomes.

For Joedance founder and president Diane Restaino, this is a big deal.

“One area of cancer research that has been gaining tremendous focus and traction in the past few decades is the role of the tumor microenvironment in cancer progression, and how the immune system is involved in this environment,” Restaino said. “CyTOF machine improves our ability to study the immune system in cancer, which could lead to better outcomes.”

Instead of thinking of cancer as a bunch of cells that have gone rogue, many scientists and doctors have started to view it more as an organ, with a bunch of different cells working together to provide a space for cancer cells to be able to freely and rapidly grow and metastasize.

In response to the immune systems’ role in cancer, immunotherapies have been an increasingly growing field for new therapies for cancers. So not only does the immune system play an important role in cancer pathology, but it also is an increasing target for therapeutics.

One main tool that scientists use to study the immune system’s role in cancer is a process called flow cytometry. This is a device that is used to sort cells based, most commonly, by tagging and separating cells using fluorescently tagged antibodies specific to cell antigens.

The CyTOF machine allows scientists to identify specific and unique immune cell populations present in the tumor microenvironment. The identification of these populations will increase our understanding of how the immune system provides support and protection for cancer to progress and metastasize, and additionally provide targets that can be isolated for the development of new therapies and treatments.

The 12th Annual Joedance Film Festival will be held August 5-7, 2021, once again with a virtual format as well as in-person screenings. Film submissions for the 2021 Joedance Film Festival remain open until June 1, 2021. Joedance accepts films that have a connection to North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.

Last year, Joedance made a strategic – and successful – pivot in wake of COVID-19 to present a virtual festival, showing 24 films August 6-8, 2020. In 2021 there will be a virtual component as well an in-person screenings.

Joedance, which includes the annual film festival during the first full weekend in August and related events year-round, honors the memory of Joe Restaino by raising funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research at Atrium Health Levine Children’s. The family chose a film festival to honor Joe Restaino because of his love of movies. Joedance supports research and clinical trials for pediatric sarcomas, blastomas and brain tumors.

The organization rode a wave of expansion last year in its 11th year, including adding Georgia and Tennessee to the list of the Festival’s film eligibility list, and adding a student film category, which was showcased Saturday afternoon on Festival weekend.

To date, Joedance has donated more than $255,000 to Atrium Health Levine Children’s in 11 years, including $50,000 in 2020.

That $255,000 for Levine Children’s has done much, including:

*funding a Lab Technician to operate a very specialized piece of equipment, a CyTOF machine, which will speed up the process of studying effects of inflammation on cancer cells as it relates treatment outcomes.

*helping fund cancer research and clinical trials, including the Healios Project to prevent mouth sores in cancer patients.

*assisting in funding clinical trials for recurrent osteosarcoma.

*funding multiple cancer research internships, which have provided critical support to the hospital, such as collecting data on integrative medicine, with Joedance Film Festival named as the underwriter for the project.

Joedance Film Festival Submissions
Joedance Film Festival annually showcases short and feature-length films. Eligible filmmakers have to:

*reside in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia or Tennessee;

*be originally from North, Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia or Tennessee;

or

*be connected to North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia or Tennessee (films, cast or crew).

To donate to Joedance, visit www.joedance_org_173_231_242_82.workshop.theinternet.host, or mail contributions directly to: Joedance Film Festival, 301 W. 10th Street, Unit 407, Charlotte, NC 28202.

Joe Restaino
Joe Restaino died of osteosarcoma on January 8, 2010, at the age of 20. A resident of Fourth Ward in Charlotte, Restaino graduated with high honors and was a varsity swimmer at The McCallie School in Chattanooga in 2008 before moving on to the University of Pennsylvania.

He was treated for the first occurrence of the disease in 2006 during his high school sophomore year. The cancer recurred in 2008 during his senior year at The McCallie School. The third recurrence of his cancer happened his freshman year at Penn. Joe withdrew from school to be with his family.

During the 2008 graduation ceremony at McCallie – which Joe Restaino was able to attend between cancer treatments – he received the Campbell Award, one of the school’s highest honors, voted on by the student body. In 2007, Joe Restaino established the Bone Cancer Awareness Walk at The McCallie School and continued to raise money for pediatric cancer research. (That walk is now held jointly with Girls Preparatory School of Chattanooga and has been renamed Mission: Remission.) In August 2010, eight months after Joe’s death, his family established the Joedance Film Festival to support the research and clinical trials for rare pediatric cancer at Atrium Health Levine Children’s.

Joedance Donates $50,000 to Atrium Health Levine Children’s for 2020

CHARLOTTE, NC (February 18, 2021) – Joedance Film Festival has donated $50,000 for 2020 to Atrium Health Foundation, which represents the largest annual check in the Festival’s 11-year history. Joedance’s annual donation is earmarked for Atrium Health Levine Children’s.

The 12th Annual Joedance Film Festival will be held August 5-7, 2021, once again with a virtual format. Film submissions for the 2021 Joedance Film Festival remain open until June 1, 2021. Joedance accepts films that have a connection to North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.

Last year, Joedance made a strategic – and successful – pivot in wake of COVID-19 to present a virtual festival, showing 24 films August 6-8, 2020, and will also go virtual in 2021. The hope is to return to the Charlotte Ballet in 2022.

Joedance, which includes the annual film festival during the first full weekend in August and related events year-round, honors the memory of Joe Restaino by raising funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research at Atrium Health Levine Children’s. The family chose a film festival to honor Joe Restaino because of his love of movies. Joedance supports research and clinical trials for pediatric sarcomas, blastomas and brain tumors.

The organization rode a wave of expansion last year in its 11th year, including adding Georgia and Tennessee to the list of the Festival’s film eligibility list, and adding a student film category, which was showcased Saturday afternoon on Festival weekend.

To date, Joedance has donated more than $255,000 to Atrium Health Levine Children’s in 11 years, including $50,000 in 2020. That $255,000 for Levine Children’s has done much, including:

*funding a Lab Technician to operate a very specialized piece of equipment, a CyToF machine, which will speed up the process of studying effects of inflammation on cancer cells as it relates treatment outcomes.

*helping fund cancer research and clinical trials, including the Healios Project to prevent mouth sores in cancer patients.

*assisting in funding clinical trials for recurrent osteosarcoma.

*funding the First Line research technician for the pediatric research lab.

*funding multiple cancer research internships, which have provided critical support to the hospital, such as collecting data on integrative medicine, with Joedance Film Festival named as the underwriter for the project.

Joedance Film Festival Submissions
Joedance Film Festival annually showcases short and feature-length films. Eligible filmmakers have to:

*reside in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia or Tennessee;

*be originally from North, Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia or Tennessee;

or

*be connected to North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia or Tennessee (films, cast or crew).

To donate to Joedance, visit www.joedance_org_173_231_242_82.workshop.theinternet.host_173_231_242_82.workshop.theinternet.host, or mail contributions directly to: Joedance Film Festival, 301 W. 10th Street, Unit 407, Charlotte, NC 28202.

Joe Restaino
Joe Restaino died of osteosarcoma on January 8, 2010, at the age of 20. A resident of Fourth Ward in Charlotte, Restaino graduated with high honors and was a varsity swimmer at The McCallie School in Chattanooga in 2008 before moving on to the University of Pennsylvania.

He was treated for the first occurrence of the disease in 2006 during his high school sophomore year. The cancer recurred in 2008 during his senior year at The McCallie School. The third recurrence of his cancer happened his freshman year at Penn. Joe withdrew from school to be with his family.

During the 2008 graduation ceremony at McCallie – which Joe Restaino was able to attend between cancer treatments – he received the Campbell Award, one of the school’s highest honors, voted on by the student body. In 2007, Joe Restaino established the Bone Cancer

Awareness Walk at The McCallie School and continued to raise money for pediatric cancer research. (That walk is now held jointly with Girls Preparatory School of Chattanooga and has been renamed Mission: Remission.) In August 2010, eight months after Joe’s death, his family established the Joedance Film Festival to support the research and clinical trials for rare pediatric cancer at Atrium Health Levine Children’s.

Joedance Film Festival announces “Reimagined” Joedance Virtual Film Festival

COVID-19 requires temporary format change

CHARLOTTE, NC (May 4, 2020) – Joedance Film Festival is making a strategic pivot in wake of COVID-19 and will reimagine the 11-year-old event as Joedance Virtual Film Festival, August 6-8, 2020, rather than the traditional venue, Charlotte Ballet.

The plan is to return to Charlotte Ballet for the 2021 Festival.

Joedance Virtual Film Festival will live-stream Thursday and Friday (Aug. 6-7), 7:30-10:30 p.m., and Saturday, for student films, 1-2 p.m. Tickets, which start at $10 (students) and $20 (regular) and $70 (all-access passes), can be purchased through the following link on the Joedance website.

 https://www.joedance_org_173_231_242_82.workshop.theinternet.host_173_231_242_82.workshop.theinternet.host/tickets

 Proceeds from Joedance Virtual Film Festival will be donated to Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s to benefit rare pediatric cancer research. The festival will feature short films created by filmmakers with a connection to North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and/or Tennessee.

 *All events suitable for mature audiences only.*

 Joedance offers two different ways to view the Virtual Festival:

*All-Access Pass | $70.00

  • Purchase an All-Access Pass and get access to all virtual events and virtual screenings in the 2020 Joedance Virtual Film Festival.

 *Individual Tickets | $20.00

  • Purchase individual tickets for certain nights of the festival and get access to that evening’s virtual reception, virtual screening, and livestream Q&A with the filmmakers.

 The COVID-19 pivot was necessary, according to Diane Restaino, Joedance founder and President.

“Part of the magic of Joedance is the sense of community and ambience of our nights at the Charlotte Ballet,” Restaino said. “But there is no question that our priority right now is the health and well-being of our filmmakers and audience. Having this year’s Festival virtual is the right thing to do, and I think it will be its own ‘reimagined’ success.”

“Transitioning to a virtual festival was a difficult but necessary choice for us to make as we are committed to keeping our patrons, volunteers, and staff safe. We are excited to bring Joedance to your living room or driveway this year and continue to provide a platform for supporting filmmakers as well as the important work we do with Levine Children’s,” said Joedance Festival Manager Ben McCarthy, who has vast experience with a variety of film festival formats.

Joedance is riding a wave of expansion as it celebrates its 11th anniversary, including adding Georgia and Tennessee to the list of the Festival’s film eligibility list, and adding a student film category, which will be showcased Saturday afternoon on Festival weekend.

Joedance, which includes the annual film festival during the first full weekend in August and related events year-round, honors the memory of Joe Restaino by raising funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research at Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s through an annual film festival featuring directors, producers, writers and actors who share a connection with the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. The family chose a film festival to honor Joe Restaino because of his love of movies.

Joedance supports research and clinical trials for pediatric sarcomas, blastomas and brain tumors.

To date, Joedance has donated more than $205,000 to Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s in 10 years, including $35,000 in 2019.

Joedance Film Festival Submissions

Joedance Film Festival annually showcases short and feature-length films. Eligible filmmakers have to:

  • reside in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia or Tennessee;

  • be originally from North, Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia or Tennessee; or

  • be connected to North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia or Tennessee (films, cast or crew).

To donate to Joedance, visit www.joedance_org_173_231_242_82.workshop.theinternet.host_173_231_242_82.workshop.theinternet.host, or mail contributions directly to: Joedance Film Festival, 301 W. 10th Street, Unit 407, Charlotte, NC 28202.

 Joe Restaino

Joe Restaino died of osteosarcoma on January 8, 2010, at the age of 20. A resident of Fourth Ward in Charlotte, Restaino graduated with high honors and was a varsity swimmer at The McCallie School in Chattanooga in 2008 before moving on to the University of Pennsylvania. He was treated for the first occurrence of the disease in 2006 during his high school sophomore year. The cancer recurred in 2008 during his senior year at The McCallie School. The second recurrence of his cancer happened his freshman year at Penn. Joe withdrew from school to be with his family.

During the 2008 graduation ceremony at McCallie – which Joe Restaino was able to attend between cancer treatments – he received the Campbell Award, one of the school’s highest honors, voted on by the student body. In 2007, Joe Restaino established the Bone Cancer Awareness Walk at The McCallie School and continued to raise money for pediatric cancer research. (That walk is now held jointly with Girls Preparatory School of Chattanooga and has been renamed Mission: Remission.) In August 2010, eight months after Joe’s death, his family established the Joedance Film Festival to support the research and clinical trials for rare pediatric cancer at Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s.