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WESTWOOD (CBS) — About 850 students danced the night away as part of a marathon aimed at raising funds for pediatric AIDS research.
The two-day dance marathon — an annual event on the campus — is hosted by the student-run Pediatric Aids Coalition.
“Our dancers commit themselves to staying on their feet and dancing for 26 hours straight without sitting down,” Ben White of the UCLA Pediatric AIDS Coalition told CBS2 ‘s Joy Benedict.
Within the past decade, the group has raised over $2.15 million to benefit four organizations in the fight against pediatric HIV and AIDS.
Those organizations include the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, One Heartland, Project Kindle, and the UCLA AIDS Institute.
According to White, the Pediatric AIDS Coalition is the largest student-run philanthropy on the West Coast.
Last year, they raised over $410,000.