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Weekend marks 19th year for BG Dance Marathon

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BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It's the 19th year for the Bowling Green State University Dance Marathon.

All the money raised at the event goes to Mercy Children's Hospital in Toledo, which is part of the Children's Miracle Network.

There's a reason it's called a marathon: students dance for 32 hours.

O.K., the dancers do take some breaks but most of the time the 300 students are dancing on the gym floor at the BGSU Fieldhouse.

The marathon is part of a student-run philanthropic program.

This year, $235,000 has been raised, including $5,000 from the marathon.

"This is my way of giving back and showing we're just not a bunch of college students that go to parties. We care about the people in our community and especially the kids up at the hospital who can't do the stuff we do," said marathon director John Day.

Kids like 11-year-old Gavin Hassell.

He was treated at Mercy for a ruptured appendix.

"The nurses were helping as much as they can and I got to go to the game room a lot. They brought me movies and games," said Gavin.

Some patients like Regan Erskine have their own trading card.

Regan continues treatment at Mercy for an immune deficiency.

"She receives treatment every five weeks. She is doing great. She's had her trials and tribulations but she's a fighter," said Regan's mom Renee Erskine.

The marathon wraps up Sunday night at 6:00.

Everyone there has one goal in mind: to make miracles happen for sick children like Gavin and Regan.

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