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Dance event at children's hospital brings awareness to childhood cancer

Posted at 7:19 AM, Sep 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-24 07:19:03-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Kids recovering at Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida had a big reason to smile Friday.

A mascot came out to dance with the young patients, and that mascot had to dance for 36 seconds to represent the number of children diagnosed with cancer nationwide every day.

Employees say it goes a long way to helping in a child's recovery.  “One of the moms this morning, her daughter was doing really well -- she got her chemotherapy and then all of the sudden her daughter gets sick and she's like ‘I feel like we just get her better and then she might get sick again.’ So it was nice to see the mom smile when we talked about this event,” said Stacie Kmetz.  “I think our kids love it.  The staff I think  loves it as much as the patients, but they were all like ‘yeah, I wanna go dance.’  Our one little boy was like ‘I'm gonna do handstands.’ So they just like performing and having fun.”

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