No stopping the South High Marathon Dance

Banners in the hallways at South High name the people, organizations, and charities that will benefit from this weekend's event.

UPDATE: Dancers raised more than $831,000 for local charities, groups, and individuals.


They could've let this winter weather get them down, but there's "snow" stopping these students.

They're on a mission, and today's school cancellation only gave them more time to get ready.

"Get food in our bodies, hydrate ourselves, sleep in, get a lot of sleep and get prepared," said Allie Myott, South Glens Falls Marathon Dance Chairperson.

Tonight, students at South Glens Falls High will dance until they're delirious, and the recipients are why.

"It's all about them."

42 recipients are the motivation behind the moves.

They are the people, organizations, and charities that keep students dancing through the pain all night long - and happy to do so.

"Cause we see what they've been through and us dancing for 28 hours and having fun is a lot less than what they have to go through on a daily basis," said Morgan Smith, South Glens Falls Marathon Dance Chairperson.

For the last four decades, the South High Marathon Dance has raised millions of dollars for things like organ transplants, wheel chairs, and other medical expenses.

The dance has helped pay for vacations for terminally ill patients, gifts for needy children, and scholarships.

"I think I've said a thousand times, what they do matters so much," Heather Palmer, a recipient.

"It's unbelievable that these kids can actually reach into their heart and meet the needs of these organizations and these individuals. It's amazing," said Cathy Reichen, another recipient

And all of it, is organized primarily by the students.

"From the minute the marathon dance is over, like tomorrow, we start up all over again."

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