SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) — A 15-hour dance marathon at San Diego State University that began Friday and ended Saturday surpassed its fundraising goal, according to organizers.
The dance marathon’s director of public relations Jenna Snyder sent an update to News 8 on Sunday saying that the event raised over $322,000.
“We did reach our goal, much to our shock,” said Snyder. “We raised an amazing amount.”
The dance marathon brought together hundreds of SDSU students and was made possible by a philanthropic student-run group which has marathons throughout the nation at universities for Children’s Miracle Network.
“Students across SDSU you wouldn’t think would want to be here on a Friday night [are] coming together to stay up for 15-hours just so a kid at Rady’s can live a happier, healthy life. [It is] unreal,” Snyder said Friday.
One child whose family called Rady Children’s Hospital their savior, is 8-year-old Gideon who took his last chemotherapy pill on stage at the dance marathon after having fought leukemia for 1,195 days.
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See below for video of Gideon saying “goodbye” to chemo and images from the event courtesy of event organizers.