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On Friday, September 11, 2015, one of our beloved Poler Bears, Vayda Kiss, passed away.  She was a resident of St. Petersburg, Florida.  Vayda was 30 years old at the time of her death.  She was an extremely talented woman, one who devoted her life to fitness and pole dancing.  She had accomplished many things in her life. Her death was ruled a suicide.  It is puzzling to many that knew her that she would take her own life.  She was always full of light and love and a very friendly person.  There are many times that signs of an impending suicide are not apparent. Unfortunately, roughly 40,000 Americans commit suicide each year, according to, (Suicide Awareness Voice Education) a site that is dedicated to spreading awareness about suicide, the statistics and suicide prevention. 10930953_360621004118870_8269469249581289806_nVayda’s dearest friends, from Pole Katz, have put together a memorial video for her.  (see below).  You can tell from the pictures how much fun she was and how she brought joy to others just by her smile. Miss Kiss was also a Pole Championship Series (PCS) competitor. Lindsey Kimura, PCS Co-Founder released the following statement: “Vayda was an absolute pleasure to know: a true a ray of light. She had boundless energy and the sweetest spirit. At the 2015 PCS at the Arnold she demonstrated utmost professionalism and enthusiasm in spreading pole fitness to the mainstream. She lit up the crowd with her performance and demos throughout the weekend.  Vayda’s vivacity made a true difference.”

Vayda’s Memorial

Vayda’s friends are putting together a memorial for her to take place on September 26th, 2015 to honor her life.  To donate to their GoFundMe to make the memorial possible, visit Tribute Video – Vayda Kiss Her accomplishments included: 2011 Miss Pole Champ Midwest Miss Pole Champ USA Mays Miss Extreme – Extreme Magazine 2012 North American Exotic Dancer Pole Dancing Champ Miss Pole Champ Clearwater Miss Pole Champ Florida South Regional Pole Champ Stripperpalooza Pole Queen 2013 Best Tricks Winner Miss Pole Champ USA Northeast Pennsylvania Pole Champion Stripperfest Queen of the Pole Vayda Kiss will be forever in our hearts. 12002177_10207893613647115_1986293590909162340_n

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