Natalia Martinez-Jamett knows first-hand about the damage cancer can cause.
The 19-year-old has lost two of her grandparents to stomach cancer and her grandmother is a throat cancer survivor.
Now, the Canley Heights RSL employee is doing her bit to raise funds for a cancer-free future by taking part in Cancer Council NSW's Stars of Sydney Southwest Dance for Cancer on June 26 at Revesby Workers Club.
She is one of several stars from across the Liverpool, Fairfield and Bankstown areas that are learning a dance routine to perform in front of a live audience.
For Natalia, who used to live in Wetherill Park, she is tackling a new style of dance with her partner and Nadia's Performance Studio student Lara Lindsay.
The pair have been rehearsing their jazz routine since the end of March to Tina Turner's version of Proud Mary.
"I wanted an energetic and fun song and to have a good storyline to the dance to make it more engaging and entertaining for the audience," said former Carnes Hill resident Lara.
Asked to describe the performance, Natalia said it is "girly, flirty and energetic."
"Jazz is something different; I have never done it before. It's good to try another style," said Natalia, who has been dancing since she was five.
"I really wanted to get involved in this good cause to help people with cancer and raise awareness."
So far, Natalia has raised more than $5000. To help her reach her goal of $7000 she is holding a Fundraising Festival on Sunday, June 20 at Canley Heights RSL.
Fundraising Festival, Sunday, June 20, Canley Heights RSL, 11am to 3pm. Activities: Food trucks, face painting, jumping castle, dance performances, auction.
The Stars of Sydney Southwest Dance for Cancer is on June 26 at Revesby Workers Club.