32nd Annual Brockport High School Dance Marathon to Raise Funds for Children's Hospital
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
For the 32nd consecutive year, Brockport teen-agers will dance the night away this weekend to help kids receiving treatment for cancer at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong.
The Brockport High School Dance Marathon, which will last 12 hours, from 8 a.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday, was started more than three decades ago as a fund-raiser to help the family of Carl Wheat, former dean of students at the school. One of Wheat’s twin sons developed leukemia when he was only 18 months old and the first dance marathon was held to cover some of the family’s medical expenses.
This year, more than 160 students are expected to raise money for the hematology/oncology unit, bringing the total amount raised during Brockport dance marathons to more than $250,000.
Curt Hamlin, who has volunteered for nearly two decades to organize the event with his wife, Ann, has been involved with the dance marathon since its second year, when he was a seventh-grader living next to the Wheat family.
“Our oldest daughter was a heart patient at Golisano Children’s Hospital, and they took wonderful care of her,” says Ann Hamlin. “The dance marathon is a tradition and it’s on the calendar every year, without question. There are a lot of high school kids out here who want to make a difference.”