PARKLAND, FL- Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are gearing up to dance, dance, and dance some more on Saturday, March 14. The Dance Marathon is a national event that raises support for local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals around the country. The MSD Dance Marathon will support the Miami Children's Miracle Network Hospital, and all proceeds from the event will go towards equipment, medication, treatment, and expenses of families with children living at the hospital.
The Dance Marathon lasts for 6+ hours, and during the marathon nobody is allowed to sit. The marathon can indeed be a challenge for participants, and each marathon features "Morale Captains" to keep the dancers going.
MSD Morale Captain Nataly Montenegro has been involved with the Dance Marathon for four years.
"I got involved with Dance Marathon during my freshman year of high school when it was first introduced at our school. My ninth-grade English teacher, Ms. Sinitch, brought this movement to our school during her first year of teaching here," shares Montenegro. "All it took was one video that had me in tears and from that moment I knew I wanted to be a part of something that could change lives. She discussed what the marathon was about and how students can get involved and I immediately volunteered to be a morale captain, which she explained was some form of a hype man that gets everyone excited and motivated during the marathon. My outgoing self leaped at the opportunity!"
The Dance Marathon at MSD is now open for registration, and people can support by raising funds to dance or providing a donation to the cause. The event begins at 11 a.m. in the gym at Stoneman Douglas High School. A photo booth, a DJ, and food catered from local restaurants will be on hand. Every hour a miracle child will share a story about their personal medical journey. Throughout the event, participants will continue to raise money that contributes to the revealing of the total amount raised at the end of the marathon.
"I felt called to participate because one of my passions in life is helping people, especially ones in need," says Montenegro. "I also have a cousin who is a cancer survivor and who was diagnosed as a child as well. She defeated this cruel disease and when she did my entire family had this indescribable feeling of relief and gratitude. I believe that the many children in her situation have the right to experience that same feeling of victory. Dance Marathon is an extremely fun and moving event that drives you to realize how fortunate you are and how much of a difference one person can make."