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AU dance marathon to benefit Children's Miracle Network Feb. 1

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Elizabeth Orantes has worn a maroon bracelet on her wrist for years to honor her dear friend and AU freshman Scott Shockley who lost his battle with cancer last summer.

"He was diagnosed with cancer in high school and went through chemo and surgery, and he was okay, and unfortunately it came back in his lungs. He was just the biggest athlete and he was really good at football, basketball and he was especially passionate about baseball. He got the opportunity to be the Manager here which was really cool and got to pledge the Sigma Chi Fraternity," says Orantes, AU Dance Marathon Director of Special Events.

In Scott's memory, Orantes is ready to dance and for 12 consecutive hours, all to benefit the Children's Miracle Network.

On Feb. 1, 2014, Auburn students as well as the community are invited to participate in AU's 2014 Dance Marathon.

100 percent of the proceeds raised will be donated directly to the Columbus Regional Medical Center.

Last year participants raised nearly $125,000, and this year Orantes is determined to raise $5,000 on her own to fulfill a promise she holds close to her heart.

"Scott would always be so excited every time I got a big donation. I would text him and he would log onto my page. It was just really cool bond that we had and so he always kind of joked, he said watch, next year you'll get $5,000 and then before he passed away this summer that was the last promise I made him I would and least try to get there and right now I'm about at $2,600," explains Orantes.

In her senior year at Auburn, Orantes has found her passion, working to better the lives of children with cancer.

And with those children, like Scott, constantly on her mind, she hopes her community will come together to join the fight.

"No matter what was going on with him, he was encouraging to others and always put others before himself. I know he's looking down on me, probably saying I'm crazy and need some sleep, but its so worth it," says Orantes.

You can donate to Orantes and the AU Dance Marathon by visiting her webpage.  

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