UTSA student organization raises nearly $34K for children with cancer

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UTSA students show the total proceeds from the For the Kids dance marathon

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(April 19, 2012) -- UTSA's For the Kids (FTK) student organization hosted a 18-hour, high energy, no-sitting, no sleeping, celebration dance marathon from 7 p.m., Friday, April 13 to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 14 in the Convocation Center on the UTSA Main Campus. The marathon raised nearly $34,000 to benefit children with cancer and their families, making FTK the largest student-led philanthropy in San Antonio.

The FTK dance marathon featured a group of marathoners, the FTK Dancers, who participated by standing for 18 hours while interacting and performing with the children and their families.

The goal was to raise awareness while providing financial and emotional support to the children and their families affected by childhood cancer. The event is a metaphoric way to show the children they have friends who will stand for them against cancer.

"We will continue to dance for the children year after year, until one day we can dance in celebration of a cure for childhood cancer," said Ryan Zapata, overall chair of FTK. "Together, we hope to make every wish come true -- one dance at a time."

The FTK dance marathon featured other San Antonio groups such as Christus Santa Rosa Children's Hematology/Oncology department staff members, several San Antonio High School students and members of the University of Texas Health Science Center community.

For more information call 210-449-3524 or visit the For the Kids website.