It is with a very heavy heart that I forward the following information regarding the loss of another great salsa dancer: Anastasia Rubacalba of the Chicago area. Anastasia had been battling with cancer and left a very poignant message for her fellow salseros throughout the world and especially in Chicago. "My dear fellow Salseros, Since my original diagnosis of stage IV colon cancer in January 2008, my journey has been challenging (to say the least) However, I am deeply moved by the generous outpouring of heartfelt Love, Warmth, and Compassion from your hearts, which has lifted my burden and uplifted me. With all your good salsa, life-loving energy, you have infused my spirit with an even richer love for life--and what is Life without Passion? Gracias, todos, desdel fondo de mi corazón (from the bottom of my heart) -- for keeping me in your kind thoughts and prayers, sharing your gorgeous good cheer and humor, and your wonderful generosity. Love, Smiles, and Salsa Goddess Blesssings to you, my dear Friends. xo Anastasia"