UTSA students host 18-hour dance marathon to beat childhood cancer

Above, view a video recap of the 2012 UTSA For the Kids Dance Marathon.
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(March 20, 2013) -- The UTSA student organization For the Kids (FTK) will host its fourth annual 18-hour, high-energy, no-sitting, no-sleeping Dance Marathon from 7 p.m., Friday, April 5 to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 6 in the UTSA Convocation Center on the UTSA Main Campus. The marathon celebrates the organization’s yearlong fundraising efforts for children with cancer and their families.

In 2012, the FTK Dance Marathon at UTSA raised more than $35,000, becoming the largest student-led philanthropy in San Antonio. In partnership with high schools from across South Texas, the UTSA FTK Dance Marathon will feature a group of FTK dancers who participate by standing and dancing for 18 hours while interacting and performing with the children and their families.

The goal of FTK is to raise awareness while providing financial and emotional support for the children and their families affected by childhood cancer. FTK fundraises year-round for the FTK Fund at the Children's Hospital of San Antonio. In addition to raising money, the FTK students regularly spend time with the children at the hospital.

On average, 12,500 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer each year. Although survival rates for many childhood cancers have improved dramatically over the last few decades, cancer is still the leading cause of death by disease in children.

Anyone can sign up to participate in the FTK Dance Marathon and help make an impact on the lives of San Antonio families battling childhood cancer.

How to get involved:

For more information, call 210-449-3524 or visit the Dance for the Kids website. Follow FTK at UTSA on Facebook and Twitter at @ftkdmutsa.