Age 73 - Vancouver, Washington
Square dancing gives dialysis patient energy and enjoyment
When Elmer Toops went square dancing for the first time in 1980, he did it as a favor to his wife and one of her friends. More than 30 years later, Elmer and his wife are still square dancing, and enjoying it more than ever.
“Square dancing is my life support,” said Elmer. “The enjoyment and energy I get from it keeps me going.”
Elmer and his wife go to the community center to square dance two or three times each week, and spend about two hours dancing. Most of their friends are square dancers too, so dance nights are also a fun social outing for them.
A retired auto mechanic, Elmer has lived in the Vancouver area his whole life. He has been married for 52 years, and has a very supportive family that includes two children, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.