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Dance Marathon To Present Check To FSU College of Medicine

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CONTACT: Doug Carlson, FSU College of Medicine
(850) 645-1255; (850) 694-3735; doug.carlson@med.fsu.edu

Oct. 26, 2016

DANCE MARATHON TO PRESENT CHECK TO FSU COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

Dance Marathon at Florida State University and Children’s Miracle Network at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital will present a check for more than $715,000 to the Florida State University College of Medicine for the benefit of children throughout Gadsden and Leon counties.

The proceeds are part of the record $1.4 million raised earlier this year by Dance Marathon, the largest student-run philanthropy on the Florida State campus. That money supports the Children’s Miracle Network and UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville, and the FSU College of Medicine’s pediatric outreach programs.

The money invested locally supports a school-based primary-care health clinic at three schools in Gadsden County, where children often have inadequate access to care. The clinics represent a partnership among the College of Medicine, the Gadsden County Health Department and Gadsden County Schools.

The College of Medicine also shared funds in 2016 with Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare to support pediatric services, including potentially lifesaving genetic screening for a few adolescents who otherwise could not get it. Some of the funds in 2016 supported pediatric services at Bond Community Health Center, Big Bend Hospice and the Young Parents Project at Early Head Start.

Set to participate in the presentation are Dr. Alma Littles, senior associate dean at the FSU College of Medicine; representatives from UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital and from the organizations receiving funds; nurse practitioner Susan LaJoie, who oversees the Gadsden school-based clinic; members of the Dance Marathon student executive committee, who will perform a brief dance; and students from the medical school’s Pediatric Interest Group.

The presentation will take place:

FRIDAY, OCT. 28

NOON

FSU COLLEGE OF MEDICINE ATRIUM

1115 W. CALL ST.

TALLAHASSEE, FLA.

Directions to the FSU College of Medicine: From downtown, travel west on Tennessee Street and turn left on Stadium Drive. Parking is available in the parking garage at Stadium Drive and Spirit Way

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