Peppy Grannies Dance to the Supremes Against Healthcare Cuts -- Best Protest Ever (Video)
One of the day's dancing stars, Doris Griss, 91 and a half ("Don't forget the half," she noted), came to the event with her granddaughter. "I said to her, 'Grandma, do you want me to hold your sign so you can dance?' And she said, 'No, I want you to hold my cane,'" Zahava Griss says.
|Doris Griss (center) with her grandaughter (left) and Laurie Wen, who choreographed the event (right)|
The day's message is dear to Doris, who has survived cancer twice and notes that "[Medicare] is why I'm still here. I'm 91 and a half, so I know how important it is." Another cancer survivor, Jenny Heinz, who was diagnosed with breast cancer one month after she turned 65 and has undergone a mastectomy and several rounds of chemotherapy says, "I often wonder what it would have been like if I didn't have Medicare. It would have been a nightmare."
No one's ailments were evident as the group of grannies and their supporters danced at the 41st Street entrance to Bryant Park and then in front of the Public Library. "It's free front row seating!" said Kristen DeAngelis, who was caught by surprise as the group descended around her as she sat on the library steps.
Lillian Lifflander, a 90-year-old World War II vet who has lived in the Lower East Side for almost her entire life, came to the event to support others since she has veteran benefits. "A lot of my
|Lillian Lifflander (right) with Tibby Brooks (left)|
In the event you need to see it for yourself, video of the grannies in action: