High school dance marathon kicked off

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Updated: 3/07 10:11 pm

SOUTH GLENS FALLS, N.Y. - The South High Marathon Dance kicked-off Friday.

The dance has been around for decades starting with only 50 dancers. This year, more than 800 dancers participated in the event.

The South High Marathon is the largest high school dance marathon in the country. Students dance for 24 hours straight in an effort to raise money for people experiencing hardship. The event raised $489,716 in March 2013.

Devon Sweenor is a junior at South Glens Falls.

“I’m so proud to be a part of the school right now,” he said. “So proud that everyone is coming together to help his out.”

The goal of the marathon is to raise money for 39 people facing challenges like Crystal Gates who attended the dance.

“A little overwhelming,” she said. “A lot overwhelming.”

Gates is fighting ovarian cancer and has to travel to Philadelphia for treatment.

“The help alone that they’re going to give me is going to be able to allow me to continue to go there for treatment,” she said.

And participating students, like senior Bethany Warren, are proud to be part of it.

“I am so proud of our school and every single one of them,” she said. “I am so happy I’m part of this district I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Gates agreed.

“Yeah, it’s truly amazing,” she said. “I’ve never experienced anything like this before.

The dance marathon kicked-off at 7 p.m. at the South Glens Falls High School gym.

Head to the South High Marathon Dance website to donate.

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