On March 22, Kailee Thomas will be attending a 12-hour dance party, with a purpose. Thomas, a 2012 graduate of Taconic High School, is a sophomore at Emmanuel College in Boston which holds an annual Dance Marathon to benefit Boston's Children's Hospital.
"For 12 hours straight I will be standing, no sitting allowed, in hopes of raising money for those who cannot stand," Thomas told The Eagle.
Thomas said she was inspired to participate in the event in honor of her uncle, Glenn, who is also from the Berkshires. There is a photo of Kailee as a baby with Glenn posted to her fundraising webpage.
On the page, she writes: "My uncle Glenn is extremely silly and is one of the most compassionate people I have ever met. Glenn genuinely tries to make the world a better place, and he never ceases to make me smile. I love all of my uncles equally, but Glenny holds a very special place in my heart."
She goes on to detail how Glenn is prone to seizures, an effect of him having a brain tumor at age 13.
"After radiation, countless procedures and countless prayers, Glenn was cancer-free, and that is all thanks to the great care he got here in Boston. My grandparents took the trip all the way down the Mass Pike numerous times to get him the best care in the country. It saved his life, and is the reason my cousins and I have such a great uncle today. If it weren't for the great care he received, the only Glenn I would know is the Glenn my mother, aunts and uncles could remember," Thomas writes.
"I don't want any child to become a memory, and I don't want any child missing out on having such a great presence in their life, like I would have if Glenn wasn't helped. Please consider donating to Emmanuel College's Dance Marathon, where 100 percent of the money raised goes to Boston Children's Hospital to help kids, just like Glenn, meet their Kailees someday. Thank you."
Visit this webpage to read more or make a donation: http://bit.ly/1lwk7za