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Mini-Dance Marathon at I.C. West High raises money to fight cancer

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Students at West High School in Iowa City danced for 5 hours Sunday "for the kids".

It's the second year West High held the mini-dance marathon in conjunction with the University of Iowa's Dance Marathon, which raises money to fight pediatric cancer.

"Cancer's not going anywhere, but as long as we're all here dancing, and dancing doesn't mean literally dancing, it means contributing financially, emotionally and helping support and that's joining the fight against pediatric cancer," said West High teacher Jenifer Secrist.

Hundreds of students joined together to celebrate life, honor those who've fought the battle against cancer and to raise money to support those who are fighting the disease.

Daniel Gardarsson, a student at West High, ran 7 miles on a treadmill.

"It just feels good to run for this kids and I run a lot and this gave it a little more purpose, which was nice, having people cheering for you felt really good, and knowing it was for a good cause felt great," said Gardarsson.

Last year, students raised more than $22,000.  This year, they raised nearly $56,000.

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