“Madonna dei Mambo” is a graphic nonfiction account of the Western Pennsylvania-born ballroom dancer, Diane McCarthy. At the time of the interview, McCarthy was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. Never one to suffer quietly, McCarthy founded the annual Dance For Life fundraiser, with proceeds to benefit the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.
In this excerpted graphic narrative, McCarthy speaks on the topics of family, religion, and the freedom that comes with dance. McCarthy died in February of 2014 and was buried next to her mother in Youngstown (her father is buried in Masontown).