Elmira, N.Y. (WENY)-- To some people, dancing for 12 hours nonstop may not sound like a lot of fun, but when it's for a good cause, it's worth it. That's exactly what the community is invited to do Saturday afternoon and evening as part of a benefit for the Children's Miracle Network.
"It's supposed to simulate how parents and family members have to feel when they're standing with their children in the NICU and pediatric care centers because a lot of the time they don't have time to rest or sit or barely even eat," says Elmira College Senior Ashley Kelly.
For Elmira College Seniors Sophie Poost and Ashley Kelly, the Dance Marathon hits a little closer to home. When Sophie was just three, she was in an accident with a lawnmower, and her leg had to be amputated. She was life-flighted to a Children's Miracle Network Hospital.
"They covered most everything that happened in the hospital so I had surgery and I had to stay in the hospital and I had to go through therapy so the Children's Miracle Network helped me through all of that," Poost explains.
Ashley Kelly was born at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, a Children's Miracle Network hospital. Because she had trouble breathing when she was born, Ashley spent some time in the NICU. Now she has a chance to give back to the people who helped her.
"Just knowing that what I'm doing is helping impact the people who saved my life when I was born, it's a really big deal for me," Kelly says.
This is the third year Elmira College is putting on the Dance Marathon. Over the past two years, over 25 thousand dollars has been raised to benefit the Children's Miracle Network. The community is invited to participate in the dancing, singing, fun, and games-- all for a good cause.
"It's a chance to interact and connect and just celebrate all that's happened for these families and to try to raise this money, and it also just reminds you why you're there," says Poost.
The Dance Marathon is happening this Saturday, noon until midnight at St. Anthony's Gymnasium in Elmira. Registration is 15 dollars, and you can do that online or at the door. The fee includes lunch and dinner at the event. All the dancing leads up to the big 11:45pm reveal of how much money was raised as a result of the event. Organizers say people can show up at any time throughout the marathon.
To register online, or for more information about the event, click on this link: https://events.dancemarathon.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.event&eventID=2716.