Dance marathon for miracle babies

Libby as a baby at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOTV) On Friday, March 6, hundreds of college students will stay up all night for a 24 hour dance marathon. The Hope Dance Marathon takes place each year to raise money for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and the families of children with medical needs.

One of those families is the Schmidts. Both of their children were born prematurely. Hannah weighed just a half ounce over three pounds when she was born and spent seven weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Her brother, Logan, was born two years later and spent six weeks in the hospital. They are now both healthy teenagers, thanks to the lifesaving work of the staff at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

Like the Schmidts, the Neifert family also spent a lot of time at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital when their daughters, born two years apart, both were diagnosed with cancer. Libby was five day s old when she was diagnosed. Ella was diagnosed still in utero. Both girls had tumors in their eyes. Libby also had a brain tumor, and was given less than 2% chance to survive. Now the girls are ten and eight and will perform the National Anthem at the Hope Dance Marathon.

The marathon is from 7 p.m. on Friday, March 6 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. You are welcome to come check it out at any time. You can also support it from home by donating online or by text.

  • Text “kids” to 41010 to donate $10
  • Text “cure” to 41010 to donate $5

Tune in for the “Dance Marathon: Giving Hope to Kids” special at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6 on WOTV 4 Women.

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