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Four Decades of Bustin’ a Groove at the Brockport Dance Marathon

Dancers from BHSGolisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center is lucky to have an incredibly varied base of community supporters: individuals, groups, young and not-so-young. But there is only one group that has the longevity and dedication to spend the past 40 years planning and executing 12 hours – straight – of dancing every year in support of leukemia research at the hospital.

From rock to new wave to hip hop to grunge to boy bands to today, the Brockport Dance Marathon has lasted. And it hasn’t just had staying power; it has fundraising power. After this year’s marathon, the event is closing on $400,000 in support.

“We are very excited and honored to be a part of the continuing efforts of Golisano Children's Hospital to provide excellent care for ill and injured children,” said Wendy Kirby, a teacher at the school and a faculty advisor for the event. “Our 40th Annual Leukemia Dance Marathon would not be possible without the continued support from Brockport High School students, faculty and staff.”Sandy and dancer

“The Brockport community consistently supports our efforts with donations of time and money and food to keep our dancers going throughout the night,” added Cherie Brooks, also a teacher and faculty advisor.

Each year about 50 Brockport High School students skip sleeping and dance. They participate in games, special events and contests led by the DJ, who keeps the young people moving and awake.

Even though it’s been 40 years since the event was started by a pair of grateful parents who were teachers at the school, the students have never forgotten the goal of the event – to raise money for leukemia research. They rally the school to the cause every year and it’s always a great time.

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