Dance-a-thons are unique ways to raise money for a good cause. While most dance-a-thons are reserved for local groups and organizations, one husband and wife duo is taking their dance-a-thon on the road in an effort to raise money for a good cause, and they are doing it in a rather unique way.
"My grandma passed away from breast cancer several years ago", explained Tammy Doll. "I wanted to do something to remember her by, and the best way I could think of was using my dance skills to raise money for cancer research."
Tammy and her husband, Drew are world champion ballroom dancers, and they plan to host a nationwide dance-a-thon to raise money for cancer research. The Dance-a-thon will be held in a medium sized moving pod that can be moved easily from location to location.
"We were trying to think of how we would get a dance floor to all the locations we wanted to travel to", said Drew Doll. "It would cost a bundle to rent out a dance floor, so we came up with a different solution – a travel dance floor."
A local moving pod company
is donating the moving pod and moving equipment to move the pod. In addition, a local dance supply company is paying for the dance floor, lighting, and costumes for the dance-a-thon. A nationwide restaurant chain has even stepped up to the plate and offered to fund the Doll's meals for the duration of the dance-a-thon.
"Our goal is to raise at least $100,000 for cancer research", said Tammy Doll. "We have over 300 stops on this tour, and I really have a good feeling that this will raise our goal amount if not more."
The dance-a-thon will start in Seattle, Washington and make its way around the country in a circle. The last stop on the tour is Walla Walla, Washington. Tour stops will include stops in grocery store parking lots, major concert events, and national parks.
Donations for the event can be made online, or in person. All proceeds for the event go directly to cancer research, and preventative screening for breast cancer.
"There could be a cure for cancer out there", said Tammy Doll. "It is just a matter of getting the funds to the people who can find that cure. That is what we are doing and I hope it makes a difference, and if it doesn't at least I know my grandma will be proud of me for my hard work."