BANGOR — Friendly competition among students will support healthcare for local kids at Maine’s first high school Miracle Network Dance Marathon. Crusade for the Kids will be held at John Bapst Memorial High School from 8-11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 at 100 Broadway. All proceeds will benefit pediatric care at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.
Dance Marathon is a movement led by university and high school students at more than 450 schools across the country, all raising money for their local children’s hospital or program. Since 1991, dance marathons have raised more than $250 million for the 170 hospitals and programs. Crusade for the Kids is the first high school event in Maine and joins the University of Maine’s Black BearTHON to raise money for pediatric care in central, eastern, and northern Maine.
UMaine’s event inspired Crusade for the Kids co-founder Audrey Seymour to bring the fundraiser to her school. For the past six years, Seymour, a John Bapst junior has represented EMMC with students at Black BearTHON.
“Dance marathon is a lot of fun and does a lot of good,” Seymour said. “I knew it was a cause that Bapst students would care about too, especially since we all have a friend or sibling who has been a patient at EMMC or we have been ourselves.”
“I think it’s really important for us as teenagers to think about how we can give back to the community,” said co-founder Rachael Kiah. “One of the dance marathon slogans is ‘this generation fighting for the next’ and that’s really what it’s all about.”
“There’s no other charitable event that brings students together this way,” said Kelly Pearson, director of Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program. “The Bapst students are part of a large national movement but every penny they’re raising goes to help children in the hospital just a mile from their school.”
In addition to dancing, the event will feature games, prizes and a photo booth. Several local families who have benefited from the care at EMMC will join the celebration and share their stories of hope.
For more information, contact Northern Light Health Foundation at 207.973.5055 or firstname.lastname@example.org.