Video: Rebelette fights health challenges to dance for the Ole Miss Rebels

Claudia Caplinger

An Ole Miss Rebelette fights daily health challenges to dance for her favorite team. Maycee Scardino is a junior business major from Pass Christian who has been dancing since she was a small child.

For someone like Scardino, a triple legacy to the Ole Miss Rebelettes, trying out for the team was a no-brainer.  Not only did Scardino’s mother dance on the Vaught Hemingway Field, her old her sister, Matti, recently graduated from the team as well.

Shortly after making the Rebelettes, Scardino was placed in the hospital with an unknown illness. During several practices, she would become faint and fall ill. Her parents knew something was not right.  After seeing several specialists, Scardino was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease of the large intestine, also known as the colon, in which the lining of the colon becomes inflamed and develops tiny open sores, or ulcers, that produce pus and mucous. Scardino now manages her diagnosis with a shot once a week, limited diet, and restricted activity.

She has no plans to stop dancing for the Rebelettes any time soon and hopes too continue her dancing career when she graduates college.

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