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Riley families benefit from Dance Marathon

By Alaina King

Mickey Deputy had open heart surgery when she was 10 months old and was diagnosed with leukemia at age seven.

Riley Lesh was born 15 weeks premature, spent 90 days in the NICU, and had a benign tumor removed from her shoulder.

Between six months and a year old, Ella McBride  stopped growing, had heart failure, and an auto kidney transplant.

Although these stories are unique, these girls had one thing in common: being treated at Riley Children’s Hospital.

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FCDM finale incorporates excitement, emotion

Junior Chad Lawrence announces guest speaker Dr. Mervin Yoder at the closing ceremony. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Seniors Jacob Miller, Julie Jackson, and junior Carly Stevens listen to a Riley story. Photo by Meghan Poff.
FCDM participants dance at the rave held by DJs Andrew Nguyen and Isaac Nasseem. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Senior Jack Stoner dances with other students at the rave. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Junior Garry Posey leads the crowd as he teaches the last portion of the morale dance. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Dance Marathon coordinator Tiffany Stansbury crowns sophomores Justin Applebaum and Kristen Burger as the FCDM king and queen. This title is won by the male and female FC student who raise the most money for the marathon. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Sophomore participants learn the final portion of the morale dance. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Executive committee members look on in disbelief as they see the amount of money raised this year. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Seniors Meredith Sant and Eliza Hudson bow their heads in respect during a Riley story. Photo by Meghan Poff.
FCDM participants learn the final portion of the morale dance. At the closing ceremony, the dance was finally put together. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Senior Emma Bellus practices the morale dance before the closing ceremony. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Dr. Mervin Yoder talks about the importance of research donations for cancer treatment. Yoder works at the Herman B. Wells Center for Pediatric Research. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Dance Marathon coordinator Anne Martin recognizes juniors Grant Vellinger and Garry Posey for their work on the morale executive committee.
Dance Marathon coordinator Matthew Townsend recognizes seniors Austin Ivey, Harrison Davis, Sarah Fougerousse, and Sarah Henry for their work on the entertainment executive committee. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Senior Austin Ivey cuts wristbands off of seniors Josh Becht and Allen Truong. One of bands was cut off to symbolize the Riley families who got to go home. Participants were encouraged to leave the other on for the Riley families who never got to go home. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Dance Marathon coordinator Kristina Bauerla recognizes the executive committee for their hard work and dedication to helping the kids at Riley. Photo by Meghan Poff.
FCDM participants form a circle and link hands while executive committee members cut off one of their wristbands. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Senior, participants, who form the inner circle, come together in support of the Riley families. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Dance Marathon coordinator Tiffany Stansbury thanks donors, volunteers, committee members, and participants for their support in making FCDM possible. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Executive committee members watch a video recollecting the events of the day. Photo by Meghan Poff.
Executive committee members begin to reveal the total sum raised at the closing ceremony. Photo by Meghan Poff.

Dance Marathon raises $64,596.95

The FCDM executive committee reveals the total sum of money raised this year, $64,596.95.
The FCDM executive committee reveals the total sum of money raised this year, $64,596.95. Photo by Meghan Poff.

By Alaina King, Hannah Cheatham, Brad Hunt, and Zoe Doebbler

After all the dancing, eating, stories, and games, Dance Marathon came to an end Saturday night.

“This has just been the product of all of our hard work that we’ve worked on for almost a year now and it is just so nice to see it all come to life,” said junior Emily Naville.

Although the process of putting together Dance Marathon was overwhelming, the night proved to be successful.

“This night means so much to me because it is the result of all this drama, stress, exhaustion, and hard work. Everything that has been so overwhelming for months now and seeing it all come together and seeing everyone enjoying themselves is really inspiring,” said senior Sarah Henry.

The night proved to be eventful, even to those attending for the first time.

“Dance Marathon has been amazing and great. It was really nice having the Riley kids talk and share their stories because it was really inspirational,” said freshman Lucas Willman. “My favorite part was the rave; I really enjoyed that.”

Many families from Riley visited Dance Marathon to share their stories.

“Hearing all the kids’ stories has really made me realize why I do this. They have been such amazing people to have gone through this and still stayed positive and came to share their stories and I have been so inspired. My favorite part this year has been meeting the Riley families because since I’m on the Riley Relations Committee I have been talking to them for months now, but tonight was the first time I have met them in person,” said Naville.

One of the Dance Marathon coordinators, English teacher Matthew Townsend, said he hopes Dance Marathon teaches selflessness.

“Dance Marathon means doing something larger and not focusing on ourselves. This is all for the kids and that means doing all we can do so we can provide someone at Riley some kind of hope or inspiration that they didn’t have yesterday,” said Townsend. “All that matters is that Riley has money that they didn’t have before.”

Students involved with Dance Marathon encourage others to experience the event in future years.

“If you have thinking about going next year, then definitely come,” said Naville. “You can’t even comprehend what Dance Marathon is unless you witness it.”