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Bremen Students dancing to defeat cancer


Three students in Bremen are all impacted by cancer at the same time.  So students at the high school are organizing a dance marathon to raise money.  This is actually the 4th time Bremen High School is putting on this dance marathon.  All the proceeds go to Riley Children's Hospital.  But this year they'll be dancing to lift morale for their own community as well.

Bremen High School Sophomore Dylan Shumaker knows all too well what it's like to be at Riley Hospital for Children.  "When I was down there I was diagnosed with myxopapillary ependymoma, which is a spinal cord cancer," said Shumaker.

Fellow Sophomore Brock Meister also knows the experience.  He was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in October.  And fifth grader Seth Young was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in November. 

It's a lot for one town.  "It hit our community really hard this year just to see what the boys had to go through," said Bremen High School Student Abby Campbell.  She and several other students are organizing the school's annual dance marathon to benefit Riley Hospital for Children.  They've done this before. But it's even more emotional this year now that three of their own have received treatment at the hospital.  "It's so hard,  it really is it's something that changes your life forever," said Bremen High School Student Haley Foster.

The whole experience has changed their annual fundraiser.  "We've definitely been impacted just knowing a lot of people from school we have been down at Riley's made it a lot more personal for us," said Foster.

That personal connection has given them more motivation to raise money for the hospital that's helped their friends.  "I actually have faces I could think of when I think of giving back to Riley," said Foster.

Even Shumaker himself raised two thousand dollars for this years dance marathon.  "I went through what the kids down there are going through, so just to get that much money for them is awesome."  He says it can get boring and lonely in the hospital.  So he hopes the money can get the kids there some toys.  "Just getting em things to do down there instead of sitting in bed makes their day a lot better," said Shumaker.

The dance marathon is this Saturday at 6 p.m. - Midnight in the Bremen High School gym.  Admission is a donation of $10.

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