Annual Dance Event in Mashpee to Raise Money for Cancer Research

Dance for a Cure 2019

MASHPEE – Hundreds of dance enthusiasts from across the Cape are expected to turn out at Mashpee High School on Saturday for an annual 5K Dance Marathon that raises funds for vital breast and ovarian cancer research.  

The ninth installment of Dancing for a Cure Cape Cod invites dance enthusiasts of all ages to dance or cheer for four hours to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s research.

“This year’s event will be similar in some ways and different in other ways, we always try to make it a little better each year,” said Dancing for a Cure founder Susan Mendoza Friedman.

“This year we’re hoping to get people of all ages to come in and dance or just cheer from the bleachers during those four hours. We have a dance battle that will be going on towards the end of the night.”

The event will also feature guest appearances by Miss Massachusetts 2018 Gabrielle Tavares and the New England Patriots Cheerleaders, among other notable names. The Kindness Rock Project will also be at the event.

Honorary teams will dedicate dances to their ‘special someone’ throughout the night. During the 5K, runners will be able to take a break and paint rocks with inspirational words and phrases.

Friedman says that all money raised at the 5K dance goes directly towards Breast and Ovarian Cancer research.

“The money that we raise, and to date right now we’re at roughly $425,000 that we’ve raised in almost 13 years, and the cool thing is that we specifically get to pick the projects and the researchers that we would like to see use our money,” said Friedman.

“In other words, our money is not just sent to Dana Farber and we don’t know where it goes, but we specifically make a relationship with people who are doing research and have projects that we think address the needs of those with Ovarian and Breast Cancer.”

Raffles, a silent auction, face painting, refreshments and numerous awards will also be presented.

Dancing for a Cure Cape Cod is made possible by donations from local businesses and individuals.

Doors open at Mashpee High School at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 2. The event will run until 8:30 p.m.

By TIM DUNN, News Center

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