20 years of empowering and inspiring over 40,000 children and adults with cancer and other serious illnesses in 40 states!

My Story


My name is Woody Wilkins, and I am the founder/executive director of the Dances With Wood Program and all the programs that we offer for children and adults with cancer and veterans with PTSD.

Fifteen years ago, I went for a routine annual physical examination. I had been exercising regularly, ate a healthy diet, and my life was full of color. I was feeling in excellent health and expected a good report.

I walked into my primary care doctor’s office at 2:30 p.m. I walked out of his office at 3:25 p.m. with a dual diagnosis of colon cancer and prostate cancer. My life of color turned to black and white. I went home to bed, where I stayed for 24 hours. I was frightened, angry, depressed, and felt as if my life was about to end, soon!

I have had many low points in my life, and I can honestly say that this was the lowest. After 24 hours in bed, I went to the bathroom and looked in the mirror. The man I saw in the mirror was unknown to me. I felt lost, adrift, empty, sad, and clueless as to how to move forward.

Cancer, like a strong wind, had just blown into my life, and I was like a ship that had just capsized. My mast and rudder were both gone, and the maps for my life were lost at sea. I felt very isolated and could not see beyond the dark stormy clouds of the dual diagnosis of colon and prostate cancer.

I knew that I had to make a very important decision that would affect the rest of my life. Was this game over, or game on? Even though I felt as if I was about to lose everything, there was a voice deep within me that wanted me to live. I listened to the voice and chose game on, which began my journey back to health, hope, and happiness. I chose to live, to love, to create, and to claim what I wanted from my life.

And so it was, I restored my broken mast, fixed the rudder, and made new maps for where I wanted my life to go. The cancer that had blown me over and capsized my life had now become the wind in my sails.

The programs you are about to experience have come from my own journey with cancer.

I am pleased to say that I am now cancer free.

I am pleased to be sharing this program with you and helping you on your own healing journey.

If you have questions or would like to connect, please feel free to email or call me. Please note that I do not text.

Robert W H Wilkins "Woody"

Email: woody@danceswithwood.org

Telephone 860-669-5221

Providing programs for children and adults that empower, inspire, and heal the spirit.