Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Sigi Rosh Hodesh Nissimov, Dancer

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Sigi Rosh Hodesh Nissimov, Dancer

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Friends and family are planning a March 2 fundraiser at The Women's Club in Ridgewood to celebrate the life of Sigi Rosh Hodesh Nissimov, who died Friday at the age of 43.

The ebullient owner of a Fair Lawn dance school and mother of two, Ms. Nissimov died at home nearly two years after she was diagnosed with adrenal cancer.

Ms. Nissimov, a professional belly dancer, went the conventional route of surgery and chemotherapy after her diagnosis. When the cancer returned in the summer of 2011, doctors told her she had three to six months to live. She opted for alternative treatment involving organic foods and herbal medicines. Because the treatment was not covered by insurance, she developed her own online fundraising campaign called "Against All Odds, A Belly Dancer Is Fighting for Her Life."

She was one of the people featured in a 2012 story in The Record about those who count on fundraisers to defray medical treatment costs that are not covered by insurance.

Ms. Nissimov's brother-in-law, David Reif, said she never regretted the route she took, and, in fact believed it prolonged her life.

"Every time the doctors saw her they would say 'Wow -- you're still alive," said Reif. …

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