My high school, The Episcopal Academy, is having their second annual danEAthon. DanEAthon is when the entire school community comes together from 1-8 to dance. The goal is to raise money for CHOP for Spina bifida. 

Spina bifida is a birth defect in which an area of the spinal column doesn’t form properly, leaving a section of the spinal cord and spinal nerves exposed through an opening in the back. Spina bifida occurs in 1 per 2,000 live births in the United States and is the most common central nervous system birth defect. Around 1,500 babies are born with spina bifida in the U.S. each year.

Spina bifida directly effects my high school because one of the high school teacher's, Mr. Herman, son was born with this defect. Finn, Mr. Herman's son, had a surgical procedure while still in the womb. Thankfully Finn is now one and is doing great. Although Finn will have a few side effects, he will be able to walk, and live a regular life of a young boy.

We are dancing to raise money to go into the research to help this defect become less common. Please make a donation of any kind! No matter how small, it makes a big difference!

Thank you!

Sophia Garino

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