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Dance, dance Kent State Students raise $14,000 for childhood cancer patients

Everyone, ranging from patients and their families to Kent State students and community members, were encouraged to participate and join in the fun of the Flash-a-Thon.

Everyone, ranging from patients and their families to Kent State students and community members, were encouraged to participate in the Flash-a-Thon.

The Harlem Shake seems to be the new trend, but when Kent State University students dance, they dance to raise money for Akron Children’s Hospital.

The Flash-a-thon, Kent State’s first-ever dance marathon, was held April 6 and featured 12 hours of activity at the Kent State Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

“We encouraged everyone to not sit down,” said Chrissie Seo, chairman of the event. “We wanted to have different activities that would keep people on their feet.”

Dr. Hord, director of hematology-oncology at Akron Children's, joins in on the fun.

Dr. Hord, director of the Showers Family Center of Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Akron Children’s, joins in on the fun.

Kent State students and community members collected donations in exchange for their dancing.

The marathon raised more than $14,000, which will benefit the Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer & Blood Disorders at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Colleges and high schools across the country have been asked to participate in the dance marathon movement by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Nicci Avalon, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program manager at Akron Children’s, reached out to Kent State students, who gladly agreed.

Patient Ava Turner and a Flash-a-Thon student

Patient Ava Turner and Flash-a-Thon hospital relations chair, Danielle Sainato

“We love the hospital, and it’s local,” said Seo. “We want the patients to know we support them emotionally and that Kent State students are behind them.”

Everyone, ranging from patients and their families to Kent State students and community members, were encouraged to participate and join in the fun. However, most participants were Kent State students.

“We are very excited to have our first ever dance marathon benefiting Akron Children’s Hospital,” said Avalon. “We are grateful to the students for all of their hard work.”