Abortion-themed film celebrates our children who never had the chance to dance

Cradle My Heart Radio welcomes Sandy Arena

Sandy Arena

Sandy Arena

Sandy Arena is a woman on a mission to honor as many individual children lost to abortion as possible.

One of the ways she does that is listing over 500 names in the credits of Arise Sweet Sara a new film “for the children who never had the chance to dance.”

Sandy’s mission in born out of her own pain after abortion. Like many women, Sandy says the pain got worse, not better when she returned to church. Because of the difficulties surrounding telling our stories in church and elsewhere, she used her artistic talents to craft the Life Ballet which provided live performances depicting the journey to abortion and reconciliation.

Out of her faithfulness, God provided an unusual opportunity for Sandy to be more direct in sharing her story. And over time The Life Ballet toured in several states and served as the inspiration for John Elefante’s video This Time, for which Sandy also served as a consultant.

About Sandy:

Sandy Arena is the writer, director and producer of the film Arise Sweet Sara. The Life Ballet was written and created by Sandy Arena who has suffered lost motherhood in the wake of choice. Arena has had the opportunity to memorialize her unborn childrens’ lives and share this story with the family she now has including her wonderful husband Sam, and children Alexis Gaetano, Caleb and Annaliese. She is the founder and director of Arts Illuminate Expressive Arts Studio based in Rochester, NY. She is the author and blogger  as well as a homeschool mom. She is a songwriter who wrote much of the original music for The Life Ballet. Arena was honored in 2009 as one of the 175 Empowered Women in Rochester. She has been interviewed on Catholic and Christian newspaper, radio and television for her work in Christian arts and in speaking out on behalf of the unborn. Of all her positions, that of being a stay at home mom and wife has been her most valued.

If you have already had an abortion, please know that I wrote Cradle My Heart, Finding God’s Love After Abortion just for you. Throughout its pages you will find affirmation and hope from the Scriptures. You may also browse a list of resources for help and healing. The Good News is that you are forgiven in Jesus’ Name and you will be welcomed into fellowship as you seek your restoration. If you are pregnant and need free, confidential help call 1-800-712-HELP. If you’ve had an abortion and need safe, private confidential help call 1-866-482-LIFE.

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Kim Ketola


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    September 21, 2015

    I was able to be at the Premier and it was incredible along with Sandy, Sam and their family. An excellent representation of the Arts–illuminated and a great representation of women and her Savior–Jesus Christ.



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