The Colorado Mammoth family was deeply saddened to hear that it lost one of its own last week when former Wild Bunch dancer Mallory passed away on May 31. She bravely battled stage 4 metastatic melanoma in her lungs since 2015.
Mallory, who danced for the Wild Bunch from 2008-2010, was a true ambassador for the team during her time with the organization.
“She will forever be one of my all-time favorites,” said Josh Gross, the team’s vice president of business operations. “Mallory epitomized what a Wild Bunch dancer should be – someone who’s smart, caring, passionate, and a great dancer. But above all else, she’d light up any room when she walked in. Mallory brought smiles to the faces of everyone she met, including me. I’m happy that she’s now pain-free. She’ll always be part of the Colorado Mammoth.”
On ‘Lacrosse Out Cancer’ Night this past March, the Wild Bunch wore shirts with the words “I’m Dancing For Mallory” on their backs. Mallory was part of the team’s cancer night initiative when it began in 2010.
“I had the privilege of coaching Mallory in my first season with the Colorado Mammoth,” said Amy Jo Wagner, manager/choreographer of the Wild Bunch. “Her passion for dancing and dedication to her team was apparent from the beginning as she offered to assist me with leading the Wild Bunch rehearsals, designing costumes, and choreographing routines. I learned very quickly that she was not only a great team member, but also a courageous young women who refused to let her health issues stand in the way. I admired her openness about her condition and her battle with cancer; it takes a lot of strength to share those kinds of struggles with the world. She was upbeat and honest with everyone throughout her fight and I’m extremely proud to say that I knew such an amazing lady. I’m grateful for the memories I have and the lessons I learned from sweet Mallory. The Wild Bunch lost a unique teammate but will continue to be inspired by her passion, dedication and strength for years to come.”
“Mallory was ambitious,” said Stacia Marcheso, former Wild Bunch director. “She had a strong desire for success, and she achieved [her] goals. She was courageous – she dealt with what was given to her with grace. Mallory was so charismatic, she was so funny and vibrant. She always made us laugh! I not only had the pure pleasure of dancing with Mallory, I also had the experience of coaching Mallory. We love you, Mallory, and the Mammoth dancers will always share a special bond. You will never leave our hearts!”
The fashion blogger grew a massive following on her website (SweetAndSauer.com) and social media accounts, and shared her health stories publicly. She was 27 years old.
Click here for images of Mallory’s time with the Mammoth.