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F-M hosts Dance Marathon Saturday

— For 21 years, Fayetteville-Manlius High School has been holding a Dance Marathon for Camp Good Days & Special Times, a camp on Keuka Lake which provides free programs and year-round support and activities for children, adults and families affected by cancer and other life challenges. From noon to midnight on Saturday, March 3, more than 1,000 students will come together for this year’s event, which the students are calling “RUN DM 12.”

“We are overwhelmed by the drive, passion and generosity of heart shown by the students, faculty and FM community in support of the mission of Camp Good Days,” said Renee DeVesty, Camp Good Days’ Central New York Regional Director. “These teens go non-stop before, during and after to ensure this event is successful — and then volunteer at camp all during the summer.”

The camp was founded in 1979 by Gary Mervis, whose daughter, Elizabeth “Teddi” Mervis, was suffering from the pain of a malignant brain tumor, but also the loneliness of being a young child with cancer. Since then, more than 42,000 campers from 22 states and 27 foreign countries have been able to spend a summer week free from worrying about their illnesses or domestic problems.

F-M has been the largest non-corporate donor to the camp for several years, and raised $127,000 at last year’s Dance Marathon. F-M Student Council set this year’s goal at $130,000. Students are actively seeking donations in anticipation of Saturday’s event.

To donate to the cause, visit fmdancemarathon2012.com or send checks to F-M Student Council, 8201 East Seneca Turnpike, Manlius, NY.

For more information about Camp Good Days, visit campgooddays.org.

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