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NY high school raises $489K with marathon dance

The 710 students from South Glens Falls High School danced for more than a day: Conga lines, “Gangnam Style,” giddy-ups, hand jives and the “Harlem Shake.” Then, flushed and weary, the teens showed why this is a dance marathon with a difference, the Associated Press reports. Students cleared a path for a group who walked or were wheeled to the stage set at one end of the gym. One by one — a woman battling cancer in a stocking cap, mothers of ailing children, car crash survivors — thanked the teenage dancers who just raised almost $500,000 to help them tackle life’s challenges.

“When a community comes together to help lift financial stress, which allows a child to get the proper care and have the best chance in life, that’s priceless,” Kate LaFoy told the hushed crowd in a choked voice. Her 15-month-old daughter Alessandra has Turner Syndrome, a genetic condition. “You know how they say it takes a village to raise a child? You’re part of our village now. We are forever grateful.”

South Glens Falls High School students donated the hefty sum to LaFoy and 39 other recipients by dancing around the clock this weekend as part of an annual event in this small, weathered village just south of New York’s Adirondack Mountains…

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