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Dancing through the night to fight cancer

October 1st, 2010 Posted in Opinion

By David Bowman

LOGAN—Dancing to kill cancer. That was the goal of Utah State University students danced through the night Friday to raise nearly $3,000 for the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

After some technical difficulties, the dance-a-thon started at 9:30 p.m. and lasted until the last dancers were standing, a 4:30 the next morning.

Nick Sokolik, president of Sigma Chi fraternity, said the event raised money from dancers, who entered the contest for $20 a couple, as well as $5 admission fees and t-shirts sold during the event, including some Brigham Young University rivalry shirts.  All the shirts were donated to the event and all the proceeds were for the fundraiser.

USU Food Services also donated food and drinks as spectators watched dancers compete for a free semester of tuition for the first-place couple, iPads for second-place team member, and iPods for third place.

“We were in it to win it,” said sophomore Laurie Simkins, after she and her teammate, freshman Shaun Shahan, were announced as the winners.

Senior Holly Haider said, “I’m here to support Sigma Chi and the Huntsman Cancer Institute because my mom has cancer.” Haider and her teammate, sophomore Elizabeth Speckhard, placed fourth.

The second-place team of Lindsay Blacker and Patrick Romero said they came to have fun. “I’m not even tired” Romero said. “I could totally go for another night like this,” said Romero.

Sokolik said Jon Huntsman Sr., who founded and underwrote the Huntsman Cancer Center at the University of Utah, agreed to match every dollars raised by the dance-a-thon and other Business Week events.


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