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Binghamton University students hit the dance floor to help sick children

VESTAL (WBNG) — Binghamton University students raised thousands of dollars Saturday for a New York children’s hospital, all through their annual dance marathon.

Dozens of students filled the University Union to dance the afternoon away. All proceeds raised will benefit the Upstate Galisano Children’s Hospital.

Destiny Parisot was once a patient in that hospital, facing a leukemia diagnosis at just 2-years-old.

Spending two plus years inside a hospital, Destiny faced a challenging time.

“The hospital can be a big, scary place for a little person,” said her dad, Dan Parisot.

However, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, stepped up to the plate for her.

“They just helped the family, helped all of us to kind of feel at peace with what was going on,” she said.

Making sure other families get the same care, students like BU Senior Kristen Pizzuto put on their dancing shoes.

“It’s just such a fun event for such a great cause and it’s really important and we get to meet families every year so you really see how it impacts,” said Pizzuto.

She says funds help families with everything from parking, to meal cards and school supplies.

Destiny is now in remission and only goes back to the hospital for checkups.

Students hoped to raise $30,000 this year, and plan to beat that goal in coming events.

Julia Gorman

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