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GC&SUs 7th Annual Dance Marathon to Benefit The Childrens Hospital

MILLEDGEVILLE, GA (March 2, 2011) – Saturday is the 7th Annual Dance Marathon at Georgia College & State University from noon until midnight in the Magnolia Ballroom inside the Student Activities Center. The event is a fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and all funds raised will go to The Children's Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia.


Proceeds from the show will help fund the expansion and enhancement of The Children's Hospital pediatric surgery services, resulting in increased patient beds to assist the growing volume of pediatric surgery cases. Other projects include expansions for the children's resource library, family chapel and child-friendly playroom. These projects ensure the children of central and south Georgia will have a place to receive the best health care for generations.


“Campuses all over the United States and Canada participate in this event and raise thousands of dollars for children's hospitals in their communities,” GC&SU Student Director Belinda Dennis said. “We hope to continue to make Dance Marathon a long-standing tradition here at GC&SU, as well as something that unifies the student body and awakens a giving spirit inside everyone.”


Participants must raise $50 to attend the event, and will remain standing for its entirety. The purpose is for the dancers to empathize with the children in the hospitals who are battling illness. Just like the kids can't give up, neither can the dancers. The dancers will get the chance to interact with the “Miracle Children” from the hospital throughout the event, and see the impact they have made on the lives of the children and their families.


“Dance Marathon serves as a celebration for the lives of children; their families will share to the students testimonies of the physical difficulties and subsequent victories,” said Kathy Tolbert, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Coordinator for The Children's Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, a part of the Medcen Community Health Foundation.


The special event will blend dancing, music, games, food and a variety of entertainment into an experience for all who attend that they will not soon forget. 

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