BSU students plan 17-hour dance event to benefit sick kids

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Hundreds of students at Boise State plan to dance to raise money for St. Luke's Children's Hospital.


by Bonnie Shelton

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Posted on February 24, 2014 at 7:29 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 2:39 PM

BOISE -- Some Boise State University students plan to bust a move this Friday. It's all in an effort to raise money for St. Luke's Children's Hospital.

For the last few months, students from all different majors have been coming together to raise money before the big dance.

"Our role and purpose is just sort of to facilitate fundraisers with our local hospital that's connected to Children's Miracle Network," said Bryan Vlok, Dance Marathon external director.

That hospital is St. Luke's.

Money raised by Dance Marathon participants benefits sick children being treated there. On Friday, students will raise donations by dancing for 17 straight hours.

"We'll all get together on the dance floor and we'll stand for 17 hours. There's no sitting at our events," added Vlok.

Students have also been gathering donations at community events and fundraisers.

Last week, the Dutch Bros. coffee stand on Broadway Ave. donated $1 from every large drink purchase to the cause.

"We had a customer actually come in earlier...and show us a picture of her daughter and her daughter is actually one of the children that this fundraiser supports. It was pretty cool to see that," said one of the Dutch Bros. baristas.

So far, Dance Marathon participants have raised more than $14,000. They crushed their earlier goal of $7,500 and are now reaching even higher.

"We hope to raise more than $25,000," said Vlok.

But the mission continues even after their 17-hour dance marathon ends Saturday.

"We dance until every kid is no longer sick and can be out of the hospital. That's our goal," said Vlok.

Boise State's Dance Marathon starts Friday at 3:00 p.m. at the rec center on campus.
Donations will be accepted until 8:00 the next morning.

If you'd like to learn more about Dance Marathon and donate to the cause, click here.