Clarksburg High School students and other contributors raised $19,595.88 from an overnight dance marathon Feb. 8 and post-dance breakfast Feb. 9.
The event was in memory of freshman Sam Moore, who died last August at age 15 after a long battle with a brain tumor.
The response to the first-time event to help find a cure for pediatric brain cancer exceeded expectations, said Clarksburg High English teacher David Douglass, who initiated the fundraiser with his wife, Jessica Douglass, also an English teacher at the school.
“It went very, very well,” David Douglass said.
He said he already has students volunteering to conduct the event again next year.
Among them is Clarksburg High sophomore Hamed Zamat of Germantown, who worked with students to organize the dance.
“It was more meaningful than I expected,” Zamat said. “It was one of a kind.”
It is difficult to truly “understand what it means to find a cure for these kids (with brain cancer) unless you’re up all night to help do it,” he said.
Proceeds from the events in Sam Moore’s memory will go to the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation in Germantown, which raises money for research and conferences to find a cure for childhood brain cancer.
Douglass said 41 students participated in the overnight dance marathon and about a half-dozen teachers were chaperones. Students gathered pledges and raised money in advance of the event.
Another 100 people donated at a post-dance breakfast conducted by the Parent-Teacher-Student Association. The event included speakers from the foundation and Moore’s parents, John and Carol Moore, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.
“(John Moore) thanked the kids. He was very gracious to the kids,” Douglass said.
Not included in the nearly $20,000 raised for the foundation are contributions from the two Feb. 8 basketball games at Clarksburg High School that will be shared with the girls’ basketball Sink Cancer campaign, Douglass said.
“The gym was packed for the dual fundraiser,” he said.