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FSU holds annual dance marathon, raises money for Miracle Network

Posted: 5:30 AM, Feb 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-18 05:59:38Z
FSU holds annual dance marathon, raises money for Miracle Network
FSU holds annual dance marathon, raises money for Miracle Network

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - On Sunday, about 200 Leon Students danced for nearly six hours to raise money for Miracle Network which helps sick and injured kids in the area and the Florida State University's college of medicine.

The 4th annual Dance marathon was hosted by FSU dance Marathon and one of the organizers says the donations really impact the hospitals that receives the money.

"They have helped so much especially with the hurricane. It just really impactful to so many lives and we can see that through the miracle families stories," said Delaney Kaklamanos, High school Program Coordinator.

FSU dance marathon hopes to raise about $63,000 , which would be a new high for money raised through a Leon dance marathon.

But it's more than just the money raised, for one teen she is dancing for her family.

"I have two cousins who are miracle children, so they were treated at Shands. One of them had a brain tumor and the other had ostreacoma," said Colby Smith.

For Jessie Botel it was first hand experience with the children who have illnesses.

"It clicked for me. Seeing everything in the hospital like little CM ballon on it and that means our fundraising helped provide that life saving equipment or a video game, so that the child had some down time to be distracted for a little bit while he is in their for months," said Jessie Botel.

But if there was one thing everyone had in common it is that they can feel the good they are doing.

Majority of the funds raised will be given to Shands hospital.