Burnin’ For Cleo: Saturday’s Boot Camp Honors Athlete​ Memory

Photo: Poster for the event this Saturday.

Join Belmont’s Burnin’ by Ray for an outdoor workout to celebrate the life of Cleo Athena Theodoropulos this Saturday.

The “Best of Boston”-winning gym is hosting a two-hour charity outdoor boot camp at the Winn Brook Elementary School field in Belmont on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. to honor Cleo’s energy, kindness, fierce athletic drive and abundant spirit. 

Tickets are $25 and can be obtained here. All proceeds and donations would benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Cleo, who was an outstanding figure skater and varsity field hockey player, was a junior at Belmont High School who died on April 22, less than one week after her diagnosis with Ewing sarcoma, due to a cancer-induced fatal stroke.

Memorial Service For Cleo Theodoropulos, Fri., May 3

Photo: Cleo Athena Theodoropulos (GoFundMe)

There will be a celebration of the life of Cleo Athena Theodoropulos on Friday, May 3, at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.

Born on Aug. 30, 2002, Cleo died suddenly of a stroke on April 22, 2019, at Boston Children’s Hospital where she had been diagnosed the previous week with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare bone disorder. She was 16.

A junior at Belmont High School who was an outstanding figure skater and played varsity field hockey, all will remember Cleo as the beautiful, sweet and big-hearted girl everyone loved. She was radiant, a tall, graceful, blue-eyed girl with a big laugh and a long Greek name. 

She had the gift of giving and receiving love without prejudice. We will all dearly miss her hearty laughter and wry sense of humor. This world lost a rare gem, and we will miss her terribly. The memory that we will hold onto a girl who was “game on” for life – all of it.

Memorial and Reception in honor of Cleo will be held Friday, May 3, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge at the Bigelow Chapel. Cleo’s family welcomes all those who wish to celebrate her life and receive comfort from the many who were touched by her eternal light.

Interment will be on Halesia Path in Mount Auburn Cemetery after May 3. 

Cleo is survived by her parents Constantine and Amanda (McCarthy) Theodoropulos, grandparents Franziska and Spyros Theodoropulos of Yorktown Heights, NY, grandmother Sandra Ann McCarthy of Ottawa, Ontario, uncle Alexander Christopher Theodoropulos and aunt Tara Cloe Foley of Wassaic, NY, aunt Cara Eileen McCarthy of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and Jojo, her Australian Cattle Dog.

Special thanks to Cleo’s doctors, Lindsay Frazier, Wallace Bourgeois, and Adrienne Randolph as well as the many extraordinary nurses at the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.

A heartfelt thank you as well to the children, parents and staff of Belmont High School. Your support of Cleo in the last few days and years before helped made her an amazing young woman. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center in memory of Cleo.