Bode said what made a big difference in fundraising was the AHS Lip Dub video that went viral and garnered widespread media attention.
“We set a goal at the beginning of the year at $20,000 and we were in a pretty good spot to reach that goal before the lip dub went viral, but once the lip dub went viral, I think we made over $4,000 with that,” he said.
Khan said the amount of support from the lip dub has surprised just about everyone involved.
“The support we’ve gotten from the lip dub has been amazing,” she said. “For the lip dub, we’ve gotten donations from 27 states and then Canada and Australia, as well. The amount that the lip dub went out is just really crazy. It’s really awesome to see the community really appreciate our work and just see that teenagers can do something positive.”
Khan said the events last weekend were a culmination of the fundraising efforts.
“We do different events throughout the whole year and then we lead up to this day where we have the Spring Carnival, which connects the marathon with the families and then the dance marathon which is five and a half hours of games and dancing and there’s a ton of food,” she said. “It’s just a really fun event, but also raising a lot of money for the kids.”