The fans of Derek Hough have made news headlines. Last Spring, his fans made it a serious mission to donate whatever they could to “Best Friends” in honor of Derek’s birthday last May. Pledges poured in from countries all around the world including Denmark, France, Poland, Spain, Turkey and the UK. When all was said and done, their time and dedication raised nearly $5,000 in the name of homeless dogs on behalf of Derek. Below is a take from Yankees Daily with quotes from Derek and a few of his fans. To read more on how they accomplished such a feat, be sure to read the link in full as well as this one.
“For people to have gone out of their way to donate their time and money to help animals in need through Best Friends is amazing. And that they did so in honor of my birthday, that’s just truly inspiring,” says Derek.
It’s Derek’s fans’ dedication to the mission of No More Homeless Pets that helped turn this fundraiser from an idea into a reality. Whether it’s supporting him comforting pound puppies or burning up the dance floor, it’s clear that Derek’s fans are an incredibly passionate and loyal bunch who embrace any opportunity to express their appreciation and support for him.
“You inspire so many people without even saying a word,” writes Amarilys, a fan who contributed to Derek’s gift from Puerto Rico. Jenn in New Jersey says, “Derek, you inspire me nearly every day to go after my dream no matter how crazy it may seem. You lead by example!”
Tessa in Vermont says, “Seeing you on Dancing with the Stars has always inspired me to be the best that I can be. I’m sure you have many adoring fans who tell you how important you are, but if you’re ever wondering if you really made a difference to someone, you made a difference to me. Thank you for helping me to believe in myself.”
Stephie in California writes, “Thank you for the entertainment and creativity you’ve given us. It was a pleasure to take part in your birthday gift. I love being your fan because you’re so amazingly talented in everything you do.”
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