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Mini Dance Marathon gives kids a fighting chance

raises over $6,000 for cancer patients
Clear Creek Amana students and guests learn Zumba from Zumba Gold class instructor Collin Kersetter, during the school’s Mini Dance Marathon fundraiser March 6 in Tiffin. The annual event held at CCA and other area schools supports the University of Iowa’s Dance Marathon. For more information and photos from the event, see page A8. (photo by Jen Moore)

TIFFIN– Students and community members got down and boogied to raise money to help kids fight life-threatening diseases on Friday, March 6.
Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School’s mini Dance Marathon, now in its second year, raised $3,417 to support children battling cancer and their families. Mini marathons held by area schools support the University of Iowa’s annual Dance Marathon, a student-led organization that raises millions of dollars to assist young patients treated at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.
At CCA, this year’s total more than doubled the amount raised last year.
“It’s very important just to raise awareness about doing good deeds and supporting a bigger, better cause among kids this age,” said Noel Dalmasso.
Dalmasso, a Spanish teacher at CCA, is in charge of the high school’s National Honor Society (NHS), which sponsored the mini Dance Marathon.
The 34 students in NHS began organizing the event last August and raised money by selling T-shirts and paper stars that were displayed near the gymnasium.
Dalmasso estimates the group raised over $500 on the stars alone.
Some CCA teachers also had piggy banks in their classrooms where students could donate money throughout the semester. The teacher with the most money in his or her piggy bank will get a pie in the face at an assembly later this year.
To kick off the night, the event honored CCA middle school student Sena Graham, who was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer, when she was just four months old.
Graham now wears a prosthetic eye and has lived with vision problems related to the disease almost her entire life.
“She’s just amazing,” said her grandmother, Joyce Kofron.
Sena’s brother, Noah, attends CCA High School and helped raise money by selling shirts and volunteering at the event.
The evening also included face painting from Funny Face Designs by Lori, a performance from CCA’s saxophone quartet and a Zumba class taught by instructor Collin Kersetter.
DJ Juan Santiago, a North Liberty police officer, donated his services for the second year in a row.
Morale captains from the University of Iowa’s Dance Marathon were also there to liven up the crowd and encourage dancers to keep going for the four-hour event.
Dalmasso hopes that participation in the event will continue to grow as CCA continues its partnership with Dance Marathon.