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USC's Dance Marathon Raises Record Amount for Children's Hospital

Members of the Morale Group get ready to motivate other volunteers. Members of the Morale Group get ready to motivate other volunteers.

By: Meredith Coulter

Posted 3:19 PM Feb. 23, 2010

A couple thousand USC students packed into Strom Thurmond Wellness Center for the 12th annual Dance Marathon,  dancing for 24 hours to raise money to help sick children.  Volunteers began the night at 7:00 pm Saturday, ready to dance the night away.  Twenty-four hours later, they had raised $140,000, making this the most successful dance ever.

The the money will go to the Palmetto Children's Hospital, a place that children like Hannah Bilton know all too well.  She was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of five.  Hannah's mother, Wendy Bilton, says any efforts to help the hospital are appreciated.

"Even if it's just a small amount of money, any amount helps.  And it can help kids like Hannah," says Bilton.

Dancers were kept awake by volunteers in the morale group, students who were responsible for staying the entire time and keeping the excitement level high.  The morale leaders, equipped with whistles and costumes, made sure there was no lack of fun.

Jessica Sharp, a student in charge of morale, says she finds fulfillment in the cause.

"Helping people is important.  Helping the children's important.  It's not their fault they're sick, they did nothing to get sick.  So helping them is important and this is a fun way to do it," Sharp says.

Donations will be still for the cause accepted through April by going to their donor web site.

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