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Cardinal Newman students raise $40,000 for Palmetto Health Children's Hospital

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(Source: Donna Fosmire) (Source: Donna Fosmire)

Hundreds of Cardinal Newman students laced up their dancing shoes for a good cause Saturday.

Students danced over eight hours and raised over $40,000 for the Palmetto Health Children's Hospital and Children's Miracle Network Hospital.

"It's just all for the kids," said senior Lauren Deyling. "We're all here standing for them and showing them how much we appreciate them."

Students secured sponsors, held a garage sale and hosted a spaghetti dinner to help raise funds.

"I think the beautiful thing about our dance marathon is that it's our community coming together, we're working together to inspire positive change," said junior Catherine Onate. " [It] emphasizes the fact that you don't have to be an adult to do something major and it's just, when you want to make a difference like you said, if it's dancing eight hours to go wild to save a child then that's how you can do it but we're really fortunate to be a part of it."

Cardinal Newman was the first school in the state to partner with the USC Dance Marathon (USCDM) last year and the first junior high/high school in the Midlands to do so.

The school has raised over $90,000 in three years.

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