Dance, Shake, and Donate for Teen's Fundraiser To Help Cure Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's disease affects nearly 10 million people worldwide. 15-year-old Zoe Butchen from Ridgefield, CT knows these affects all too well. This charitable teen's father was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease last year. With a history of charitable deeds, Zoe knew she had to do something to help her dad and the cause.
Zoe created the "Dance, Shake and Donate" campaign. Inspired by her lifelong love of dance, Zoe's campaign encourages people to post videos of themselves dancing and make a contribution to the Michael J. Fox Foundation. She has always loved to dance and when her favorite artist, Taylor Swift, came out with the song "Shake It Off", it fits perfectly with her fundraising idea.
Her Main Street event turned into a giant dance party in the street. "It was absolutely incredible," she recalled. "Over 1,000 people were dancing at 9 in the morning, freezing cold...about 20 degrees...it was awesome!". This and other events have so far raised over $80,000 for research on Parkinson's.
Zoe didn't stop after that viral campaign. She continues to create events that bring in money to fund the fight against Parkinson's. Whether she is dancing or donating, this amazing kid will stop at nothing to help her father, and others, in their fight against this disease.
This heartwarming video was produced by Tracy Chevrier and shot/edited by Johnny Perez.
Learn more about Zoe's campaign at: http://danceshakedonate.org
Find out more about Parkinson's and current research at: https://www.michaeljfox.org/
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