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NSU Dance Marathon looks to raise money for CHKD

IMG_7939by Shane Dawson

Imagine this, dancing for 12 hours straight without the ability to sit down. Nearly 150 students are looking to raise over $12,000 to be donated to the Norfolk Children’s Hospital in the heart of Downtown Norfolk. The students at Norfolk State University are looking to make this happen at their 3rd annual Dance Marathon.

In 2013, a unique and motivated group of students, in conjunction with the Children’s Miracle Network, created the Dance Marathon at Norfolk State University. A year’s worth of planning and hard work generated an impressive first year total of $5,422 which benefited three wonderful families. This year, NSUDM will host a 12-hour marathon on April 11th, from noon to midnight in the New Student Center.

Taeler Satchell, the Media and Public Relations Chairman for NSUDM2015, said “Dance Marathon, as an organization, aims to raise money and promote awareness for the Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters (CHKD) in Norfolk, Virginia. CHKD is the only Children’s Miracle Hospital in the state of Virginia, so this year team is working extremely hard to provide for the children treated at our miracle network hospital.”

Norfolk State University Dance Marathon has made a significant national impact within the Children’s Miracle Network by becoming the first Historically Black College and University to host their own program. This year, Norfolk State will host their 3rd annual Dance Marathon, and they are striving to raise $12,000. They can only accomplish that if the campus and local community fund and support this program.

In the first two years of existence, NSUDM has donated over $12,000 to CHKD. This year the Dance Marathon team has focused their efforts around the number 12, by establishing a $12 registration fee for the 12-hour marathon, which happens on April 11th. Registration for the third annual NSUDM, will close on March 27 at midnight. If you miss the deadline, you are still about to support NSUDM by visiting their at, then click the Dance Marathon link in the main banner. Only current NSU students are able to participate in this years Thon, but community sponsors and alumni are encouraged to donate.