What he actually said, however, was yes.
“My initial thought was ‘absolutely not,’” Dr. Stidham explained. “My dancing experiences to this point have been limited to the shower and bobbing my head when I’m riding the lawnmower. But, after I thought about it, I decided it would be fun. Plus, it’s a good way to get involved in the community while raising money for a decent cause.”
Dancing With Our Stars is a fundraiser for the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. Dr. Stidham is one of ten competitors who will show off their dance moves during the March event. Whoever manages to raise the most money, both leading up to and during the event, will be crowned the victor.
“I know I can’t out-fundraise Neal Hatcher,” Dr. Stidham said, referring to another contestant in the event, “but I hope I can at least out-dance him.”
Although dancing is not something Dr. Stidham is known for, he does have experience participating in comedic videos and talent shows. In his spare time, he says he enjoys comic books, soccer, digital art, science fiction, playing with his two children and being involved in children’s outreach. “Basically,” he says, “I’m an all-around nerd and a giant child myself!”
Since committing to the event, Dr. Stidham has teamed up with a partner, Ashlyn Howie (who is also an employee of SOMC), and begun practicing. The dance itself, however, remains a closely guarded secret.
“I can’t reveal that yet,” Dr. Stidham said. “I promise to keep it interesting, but at this point my biggest goal is to make sure I don’t get injured.”
Just in case he comes up short of that one, though, he jokes that he has taken out extra disability insurance. Whatever he has planned, after all, it’s probably more complex than nodding to music from atop a riding lawnmower.
To support Dr. TJ Stidham in Dancing With Our Stars, visit https://www.crowdrise.com/DWOS/fundraiser/tjstidham. Each dollar donated will count as one vote for him to take home the competition’s top prize.