Choreography for Cancer: East Sac students assemble lip dub for cancer research
Students at East Sac High School in Lake View, Iowa, practice for their lip dub video.
LAKE VIEW, Iowa (KTIV) -
East Sac teacher Robyn Cromwell is learning some new dance moves. She's a breast cancer survivor, who's eager to help with a unique project.
"When you hear the word cancer you automatically think you have to plan a funeral. That's just the way it is," said Cromwell, a teacher at East Sac Middle School.
After more than a year and multiple series of chemo treatments, Cromwell is one of the cancer survivors highlighted in East Sac's lip dub video.
"When he told me that I was cancer-free, I couldn't even talk I was just amazed," said Cromwell.
"I think things like this are fantastic and I think that it's even more awesome when the younger people are driving it and as a teacher, I'm just incredibly proud," said Jill McGinty-Dawson
The dance was organized by a non-profit group, Rock'n Out Cancer. Brad Pickhinke started the group after his good friend, Nicole Schuett, died of cancer in the summer of 2012.
"She was so passionate about everything she did, so upbeat. That was just so inspiring, to go through her battle and be so positive. She really gave me the drive to continue on and to do something like this," said Pickhinke.
This video is part of a nationwide contest to raise money for the American Cancer Society to help fight cancer.
"I was lucky enough to come early and learn the dance moves beforehand and I got to help people learn it," said Jamie Highland, a junior at East Sac.
They're going to be using the entire high school, and the tricky part is going to be getting everything coordinated and done in just one take.
"The hardest part was making sure that I had the camera on people's faces and actions, while I was walking up and down the stairs. So, I had to make sure that I watched my feet and their faces at the same time," said Abby Wells, a senior at East Sac.
As Wells made her way through the halls, Pickhinke and his director gave their classmates inspiration to keep going. It may have taken a few tries, but the students say they're happy with the final results.
"We all get to come together and just have fun and make the most out of everything," said Highland.
"Feel those emotions and maybe that'll trigger something. Maybe an, "I remember when I had a family member or a teacher or a friend who was going through this," said Pickhinke.
And what lies ahead, Pickhinke says, is more valuable than any plaque.
Those who participated in the video today paid $10 for a T-shirt and were encouraged to make an additional donation to the American Cancer Society. By mid-day Saturday, Pickhinke says they'd already raised more than $4,000.
If you'd like to see East Sac's entire video entry, we've created a link to it here. You can also like their video on their Facebook page.
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