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Greek life helps children at Rutgers Dance Marathon


Every year, a child from the New Brunswick-based Embrace Kids Foundation is paired with a fraternity, sorority or other organization at Rutgers. Several children danced with their organizations at the 2016 Rutgers University Dance Marathon.

Marcia Wares, whose family member is part of Embrace Kids, said the organization has always helped her family. When her daughter, Kianna needs to go to the hospital for treatment, members from the charity visit with her and provide assistance, she said.

This organization is unique as it aims to help children of a multitude of disorders, not just one, Wares said.

This was the first RUDM that the Wares family attended, she said. They left late the first night because Kianna did not want to leave. And they returned on the second day because Kianna enjoyed it so much.

Sean Goff has aplastic anemia and also attended the marathon. He was adopted by the Sigma Delta Tau sorority.

Sean’s mother, Tracy Goff, a former speaker at the event, said she loved attending the marathon because she enjoys seeing all of the young people support Embrace Kids. 

The event is uplifting, she said.

Sean had been practicing his dance moves prior to the event, Goff said. But Sean himself was quick to deny that.

This article is part of our 2016 Rutgers University Dance Marathon coverage. Click here for a full list of stories.

Francesca Petrucci is a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student. She is a contributing writer for The Daily Targum. Find her on Twitter @TheFranWeekly for more.

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