The cure for diabetes might be a ways away, but there is one thing that can help: Shaking what your momma gave you.
Dance groups from all over the Central Florida area, including UCF's own Knights and Damsels Dance Company, are coming together to perform at the 14th annual Dancing for Diabetes fundraiser on Saturday at Seminole High School. The event will begin at 7 p.m.
"I was really excited when I found out we were performing at the event," said junior communications major Madison Daniel, president of Knights and Damsels Dance Company. "One of my goals as president was to do more community things, like one to two philanthropy events per semester."
Tickets for Dancing for Diabetes can be purchased online at www.Dancing4Diabetes.com or at the door for $10. Elizabeth Stein, founder and president of Dancing for Diabetes, said a portion of the proceeds from the event will go to the American Diabetes Association. This year, a portion will also be used to help send kids with diabetes to a diabetes camp.
"Diabetes camp is an amazing opportunity for kids to spend time with others that are just like them with type 1 diabetes," Stein said. "It's oftentimes where kids with diabetes gain the most confidence."
Junior advertising-public relations major Shoshanna Babbit, vice president of Knights and Damsels Dance Company, said this is the first year the group will be performing at the event, and having multiple family members who have been diagnosed with diabetes makes this performance even more special for her.
"I have two family members that have lived with diabetes for a really long time," she said. "[Dancing for] Diabetes is a huge organization in general and a lot of people don't know a lot about it, and the fact that Elizabeth is bringing awareness to it is awesome."
Junior elementary education major Adrina Burney, dancer for Knights and Damsels Dance Company, said her father has type 2 diabetes and she's excited to perform for a great cause.
"When the group was talking about the event, it really hit close to home," Burney said. "This is going to be one of those experiences that we will enjoy together."
Daniel said she also knows people close to her who have been diagnosed with diabetes, and that it makes dancing at the event very personal.
"One of my really good friends in high school got diagnosed with diabetes and it hits close to home for me personally," she said. "It's going to be special dancing for something bigger than us."
Stein looks forward to having the Knights and Damsels Dance Company perform at the event.
"When college students support an important cause such as this, they find a rewarding way to use their skills for such a larger impact," Stein said. "With Knights and Damsels Dance Company involved, I hope to attract more students from UCF to attend the show and learn more about diabetes."
For more information about Dancing for Diabetes or donating to the cause visit www.Dancing4Diabetes.com.