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FSU dance marathon helps kids in Leon and Gadsden counties

By Tom Flanigan

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Tallahassee, FL – Capital area children's health programs are getting a big shot in the arm from the most recent Florida State University Dance Marathon. Tom Flanigan reports the big check presentation happened Tuesday at the FSU College of Medicine .

All the fancy stepping at this year's Dance Marathon raised nearly half-a-million dollars in total. About a quarter million went to the Children's Miracle Network at Shands Children's Hospital in Gainesville. The rest of it

"Two-hundred-thirty-two thousand dollars!"

was presented to two Tallahassee area children's health programs. The School of Medicine's Susan Lajoie heads up a pediatric program in Gadsden County

"We simply would not be there without the Dance Marathon, so this is our main and only funding at this point."

Some of the money also goes to Tallahassee Memorial's pediatric unit. Paula Fortunas is the president of the hospital's foundation

"What it means in terms of children's lives that can be saved is monumental."
Florida State's Dance Marathon has been raising money for children's health programs for the past sixteen years.