It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No! It’s the start of the 2017 North Central High School Lip Dub?
According to a website hosting the video, NCHS faculty sponsor Leslie Decker decided they could emulate other schools from across the country and use a lip dub video to raise money for a local charity. The thought process? North Central High School can do it better.
With special appearances by the Pacemates and NCHS alumna and WTHR anchor Naomi Pescovitz, faculty and students hoped to reach their goal of $5,000 in 24 hours by 3 p.m. Tuesday. They reached that goal in 19 hours and increased their goal to $10,000. However, no donation will be turned away if you can’t make the deadline.
The charity of choice is Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, but more specifically the Caroline Symmes Endowment. According to the website:
We have chosen to route all of the proceeds from this video to the Caroline Symmes Endowment at Riley Hospital. This endowment was established by David and Elizabeth Symmes in honor of their daughter, who was diagnosed with cancer at just three years old. Caroline had Wilms Tumor Disease, which has a 90% survival rate. But Caroline’s tumor was very aggressive, and with such little research into pediatric cancer, her doctors exhausted their options to treat her. At the age of five, Caroline passed away from her disease.
Caroline died not because of a lack of care, but because of a lack of funding for pediatric cancer research. In 2016, the federal budget for cancer research was $5.21 billion. Only 4% of that funding goes to pediatric cancer research. The Caroline Symmes Endowment for Pediatric Cancer Research at Riley Hospital for Children hopes to make it possible for every child with cancer to live with hope for a bright future of their own.
So sit back and be entertained by these superheroes who put together a 9-minute video for a good cause. If you’re raising money to save children from a heartless, uncaring villain of a disease, well, you’re a superhero in my book.
If you want to help the North Central students and faculty reach their goal, visit www.northcentrallipdub.com.